Wednesday 18 October 2017

Three killed in Alps avalanche

The avalanche happened in the Ecrins massif, near the town of Briancon
The avalanche happened in the Ecrins massif, near the town of Briancon

Three foreign tourists - two Austrians and an Italian - have died in an avalanche in the French Alps, officials said.

A fourth tourist has been taken by helicopter to a hospital in Grenoble with unspecified injuries.

The snow slide took place in mid-afternoon in the Ecrins massif, near the town of Briancon, as a group of skiers - all non-French nationals - were travelling along a mountain, Hautes-Alpes department officials said.

Seven of the skiers are holed up in a refuge building nearby at an altitude of about 3,500 metres (11,500ft), and will stay there overnight until emergency services are able to rescue them, officials said.

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