British tourist among three dead in French Alps avalanche

Published on : Thursday, August 18, 2016

French AlpsOne British woman is among the three dead in an avalanche in the French Alps.


According to reports, the disaster took place in the Mont Blanc range in the French Alps. It saw the Brit die alongside a German guide and a Slovak woman. They were found to be dead after the group was hit by an avalanche made up of “large blocks of ice” while trying to climb towards the 14,649ft peak.


The friends had set off to climb Mount Maudit, in the Mont-Blanc range of the Alps on Tuesday, but were hit with difficulties as they tried to make their way to the top.


It is understood they were about 1300ft above sea level when the huge bits of glacier, between three to four metres wide, hit them, sweeping them about 160ft into a gully.


Rescue workers told the local media that, the group was carried away by an avalanche or large blocks of ice.


Stephane Bozon, of the Chamonix gendarmerie, said the victims, who have not been formally identified, did not stand a chance.


He said that, the three victims died instantly due to head injuries caused by a mixture of snow and ice. Some slabs of ice were four meters by three meters.


It is understood they were found buried between one and three feet under the snow, having suffered serious head trauma.


It is thought the British would comes from an Anglo-Polish background, although she is yet to be named.


Just at the beginning of the tourist season, a series of deadly incidents have recently rocked the French Alpine region.


Two rock climbers, a paraglider, a wingsuit jumper and a hang-gliding instructor died over the weekend.

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