Six skiers were killed Saturday morning in an Alpine avalanche in Italy at more than 3,000 meters on Mount Nevoso, also commonly known as Snowy Mountain, in South Tyrol, close to the Austrian border.
According to a fire department spokeswoman, the avalanche was one of the deadliest in the area that took away lives of four Italian and two others who are yet to be identified.
The spokeswoman added an injured Austrian woman is currently being treated in hospital in Brunico town. Two others were able to free themselves without any injury.
More than seventy alpine rescuers and fire fighters were deployed immediately with specially trained dogs and three helicopters to search for bodies.
The spokeswoman said, “We know there were several groups in the same area, which is why we are still searching… We don’t know yet if everyone has been accounted for.”
Rescue operations have not yet been marked complete. Due to high altitude the helicopters are being dispatched with minimal fuel to reduce airborne weight.
It is learned all the skiers were climbing to the summit and were planning to ski down when the avalanche took away their lives. However, the exact cause is still not known.
Earlier this week the risk level of avalanche was market at three out of 5 in the area.
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