Aus­tria: 3 Ger­man skiers killed in avalanche, fourth miss­ing

The Free Press Journal - - WORLD -

Po­lice say three Ger­man skiers have been killed in an avalanche in the Aus­trian Alps and a fourth is miss­ing.

The bod­ies of the men, aged 57, 36 and 32, were re­cov­ered Satur­day evening near Lech, a few hours af­ter the wife of one of the skiers re­ported them miss­ing.

Po­lice in Vo­rarl­berg, Aus­tria's west­ern­most prov­ince, said Sun­day they had to call off the search for an­other Ger­man, age 28, be­cause of heavy snow and the risk of avalanches.

The avalanche deaths

bring to at least 24 the num­ber of weather-re­lated deaths re­ported in parts of Europe this month.

On Satur­day, au­thor­i­ties

in south­ern Ger­many and Aus­tria used a break in the weather to clear heavy loads of snow from roofs and roads.

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