Sunday 9 December 2018

Spanish skiers killed by avalanche in French Pyrenees

The pair who died were buried in snow for hours before rescuers found them.

Two skiers who had been off-piste were confirmed killed (David Cheskin/PA)
Two skiers who had been off-piste were confirmed killed (David Cheskin/PA)

By Associated Press reporters

Two Spanish skiers have died after being swept away by an avalanche in the French Pyrenees.

The two victims were buried in the snow for two to three hours before rescuers found them with the help of dogs that specialise in avalanche searches.

One skier died at the site, the other after being transported to a hospital, said an official with the prefecture in the south-western Hautes-Pyrenees region.

The other members of the group, two Spanish women and the Spanish guide, managed to get out of the avalanche on their own.

The group of tourists were backcountry skiing off-piste on Saturday in Aragnouet, near the Spanish border.

An investigation has been opened to examine what set off the avalanche.

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

Four skiers were killed in an avalanche in the French Alps on Friday.

Press Association

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