Thursday, March 16, 2017

At least three dead in Tyrol, Austria avalanche: .......

At least three people have been killed in a large avalanche at a ski resort in the Austrian Alps, police say.
The avalanche hit the remote Jochgrubenkopf peak in the Tyrol region at about 12:30 local time (11:30 GMT).

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

Rescuers searched for hours for the fourth missing tourist and one report said a body was found by early evening.
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.

The alert level at the time had been quite low.
But Mr Mair told Austrian broadcaster ORF that the avalanche had been triggered by a small amount of fresh snow on top of several, unstable layers of old snow.
Fourteen people in Austria have died in avalanche accidents this winter, officials say.


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