Four Swiss tourists dead after avalanche hits Tyrol region

Published on : Thursday, March 16, 2017

Tyrol AvalancheFour Swiss tourists have been killed when a large avalanche swept away a ski group in the Austrian Alps.


The group of eight skiiers was touring the remote area near the Jochgrubenkopf, a roughly 2,450m-high peak in the remote area near Tyrol, when the avalanche struck around 12.30pm local time.


Rescuers are searching for a missing person in the remote area.


It engulfed a group of eight foreign tourists, but four managed to free themselves and seek help, according to Austrian reports.


Three bodies were found quickly but rescuers searched for hours to find the fourth body buried deep in the snow.


A spokeswoman for Tyrol police said that four of them were able to free themselves, after the search operation for the remaining four was over, three were found dead.


The fourth man was later found dead under 10m of snow despite a search using drilling machines.


Local reports said the ski group was visiting from Switzerland.


Rudi Mair from the Tyrol avalanche warning service said “tonnes of snow” had come down the 2,400m (7,800ft) mountain. The avalanche was said to have been about 700m (2,300 feet) long.


Since the beginning of the season, there have been 14 avalanches in the Alps and the Pyrenees, which have killed at least seven.

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