No victims after avalanche in the French ski resort of Tignes
Photo: NU.nl/Bas van der Flier
In the ski resort of Tignes, located in the French Alps near the border with Italy, on Tuesday several people buried by an avalanche. According to authorities, there are no casualties.
The first reports about the avalanche came just after 10.00 am, after which the emergency services are massively ripped out. The persons who, under the avalanche highlanders were skiing on the blue slopes. Just after 12.00 pm, it was confirmed that for them nothing had happened.
French media reported that the relief operation was initially hampered by poor visibility; deployment of helicopters was therefore difficult. Rescuers pulled therefore on foot to the area.
In the past 24 hours, there was more than a meter of snow has fallen in the area. The chance of avalanches is also very high in large parts of the Alps, because the temperature in the area in the past few days suddenly was suddenly increased.
Tignes is a popular ski resort and attracts many winter sports enthusiasts. In February of this year, the area was also hit by an avalanche. Also there came in several people under a large amount of snow. Four persons were killed.
The four victims were French snowboarders who under the guidance of a teacher outside of the track when the heavy snowfall on them meant.
Four dead in avalanche in French Alps in January