Saturday 18 November 2017

Rescuers continue search for those affected by Italy avalanche, as two bodies recovered

Italian firefighters extracting a boy alive from under snow and debris in Rigopiano (Italian Firefighters/Ansa/AP)
Italian firefighters extracting a boy alive from under snow and debris in Rigopiano (Italian Firefighters/Ansa/AP)
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Rescue crews are still searching for some 30 people trapped inside an Italian mountain resort flattened by a huge avalanche.

Italy's civil protection agency on Friday said the work continued throughout the night with searchlights, and would accelerate with the arrival of daylight.

So far two bodies have been recovered, and RAI state TV said two more bodies have been located in the snow.

The search has been hampered by snow blocking the only road in, concern the buildings would collapse and fear of a fresh avalanche.

The first rescue teams arrived on skis, and firefighters were dropped in by helicopter.

Overnight the road was widened to bring in heavier vehicles to aid with the search.

Guests at the three-storey Hotel Rigopiano in the central Abruzzo region alerted emergency workers on Wednesday.

Press Association

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