Monday 24 September 2018

Spanish skier killed during avalanche in French Pyrenees

The tragedy happened in an off-piste area.

A Spanish skier was killed off-piste in the French Pyrenees (David Cheskin/PA)
A Spanish skier was killed off-piste in the French Pyrenees (David Cheskin/PA)

By Associated Press reporter

A Spanish skier has died and another was seriously injured after being swept away by an avalanche in the French Pyrenees.

The two skiers were part of a group of four Spanish tourists and a guide who were backcountry skiing off-piste in Aragnouet, near the Spanish border, said the prefecture in the south-western Hautes-Pyrenees region.

Three skiers, including the group’s guide, managed to get out of the avalanche on their own.

Four skiers were killed in a similar incident in the French Alps on Friday.

An investigation was opened to examine what set off the latest tragedy on Saturday.

Authorities have warned about a high risk of avalanches in the French Pyrenees and the French Alps.

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