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‘Chance of missing after avalanche in French Alps are still alive are very small”

‘Chance of missing after avalanche in French Alps are still alive are very small”

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Rescuers are pessimistic about the chance that the five people who are still under the snow after an avalanche in the French ski resort around Tignes and Val d’isère are still alive.

The search and rescue team with about fifty men to search in the dark, reports Le Dauphine. Already been four fatalities found.

Around 11.00 hours received emergency services a report of an avalanche at an altitude of 2100 metres. The avalanche would be an area of four hundred meters wide have been buried under the snow.

There are no reports of Dutch casualties, reported to the emergency centre of Eurocross Assistance. Also the ministry of Foreign Affairs has not received notification about possible Dutch victims.

The local authorities had warned of avalanche risk, level three was indicated on a scale of five. “That means a clear risk. Then you must be very careful”, said the managing director of a French wintersportorganisatie.

Largest

The ski resort of Tignes-Val d’isère, also known as the Espace Killy, it has almost 300 kilometers of piste and is one of the largest and most popular in the Alps.

In total it covers 3.200 acres. Over a year ago came in the same department Haute-Savoie the five soldiers killed by an avalanche accident. A sixth died a few days later.

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