Three victims in an avalanche in Italian Alps

A woman aged 35 and two seven-year-old girls have died in an avalanche while skiing in Val Senales in the Italian Alps. The threes were German.

They were skiing about 2,400m (7,900ft) up the Val Senales glacier in South Tyrol, near the Austrian border. 70 workers and three helicopters participated to the rescue operation. Rescuers from Mountain Rescue, the Carabinieri and the Guardia di Finanza were assisted in their search by three helicopters.They recovered the bodies of two deceased persons, the woman and one girl. The other girl has died during the transport to a hospital. Two other skiers from the same group , a father and his 11-year-old son, were not critically injured. The avalanche was not predictable.

Val Senales

There have been a number of avalanches in the Alps this winter. Another skier was rescued after being buried for five hours. after an avalanche in Austria on Friday. He was lucky. Big avalanches occurred in Alps during time: in the 17th century about 2500 people were killed by an avalanche in a village on the French-Italian border; in the 19th century 120 homes in a village near Zermatt were destroyed by aa avalanche.