Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Three people dead after French Alps avalanche

Three people have died and relief work is under way after an avalanche in a national park in the French Alps, local media say.
Le Dauphine newspaper reported that the victims were cross-country skiers who got caught up in the snow slide in the Parc national de la Vanoise at around 10am (local time) on Tuesday.

The trio, one of which was a guide, were in the Albaron area of Haut Maurienne, not far from the Italian border at the time.

The guide was named by Le Dauphine as Simon Paris, but his clients - a man and a woman according to BFMTV - have yet to be identified.

The paper said they had made their way up the 3,000-metre high Col du Greffier, a u-shaped ridge between the summits of Albaron and Pic Regaud, close to the ski resort of Bonneval-sur-Arc in the Savoie department.

The mayor of Bonneval-sur-Arc said the operation to search for more victims has been halted as they are confident they have found all those involved.
Gabriel Blanc said: "It's over. The three bodies are on the surface. We know from a reliable source that they were only three."

The three were said to have been forced over an edge after the snow beneath them on the Vallonnet glacier gave way.

A helicopter and a doctor were mobilised from Smur but were unable to revive the group.

French national weather had placed the Savoie, Hautes-Alpes, Alpes-de-Haute-Provence and Alpes-Maritimes departments on alert due to dangers of avalanches from rising temperatures.

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