At least four dead in French Alps avalanche

Cape Breton Post - - WORLD -

PARIS — At least four skiers were killed in an avalanche Mon­day in the French Alps near the re­sort of Tignes, and res­cuers say they are try­ing to dig out five oth­ers from the snow with shov­els. Many in the group are re­ported to be re­lated. By mid-af­ter­noon, the town of Tignes said that chances of find­ing sur­vivors among those five “are slim.” The avalanche — about 100 me­tres wide and 400 me­tres long — struck the moun­tain about 2,100 me­tres in alti­tude in an off-piste sec­tor known as Toviere. The area is pop­u­lar for its ex­ten­sive slopes and stun­ning views. A group of nine peo­ple had been ski­ing off piste with a guide near the main Tignes slopes when the avalanche hit, ac­cord­ing to the Repub­li­can Com­pany for Alps Se­cu­rity in the town of Al­bertville. Many were mem­bers of the same fam­ily, ac­cord­ing to the Tignes state­ment. The skiers are be­lieved to be French and were equipped with lo­ca­tor de­vices, it said.

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