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Monday 1 May 2017

Two missing after snowboarder killed in French Alps avalanche

The Lavachet Wall at the Tignes ski resort in the French Alps, where an avalanche struck on Tuesday (AP Photo/Luca Bruno, File)
The Lavachet Wall at the Tignes ski resort in the French Alps, where an avalanche struck on Tuesday (AP Photo/Luca Bruno, File)

Rescuers are searching for two people missing following an avalanche in the French Alps in which a Dutch snowboarder was killed.

About 60 officers, plus rescue dogs, continued the hunt a day after the avalanche struck an off-piste section near the ski resort of Valfrejus, close to the Italian border.

Police said the risk of new snow slides in the same area remains high, and the zone needed to be secured with artificially triggered avalanches before the search resumed.

The victim's body was found late on Tuesday evening. Rescue operations were hampered by bad weather conditions.

The three snowboarders, aged between 20 and 25, were part of the same group.

Another avalanche struck the French Alps on Tuesday in the popular resort of Tignes but no casualties were reported.

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