Three people die in avalanches in Swiss Alps

The Hofathorn, where an avalanche killed a 39-year-old Swiss on Monday Keystone

Three people died in separate avalanche accidents in the Swiss Alps over the Christmas period, according to police. 

This content was published on December 26, 2017 minutes and agencies, and agencies/ts

A man who was skiing close to the 2,844-metre Hofathorn, in canton Valais, died after being carried away by an avalanche on Monday morning. 

The 39-year-old from the Valais region was quickly found and recovered by his friends but was confirmed dead at the scene by emergency services. 

Police in Graubünden, in eastern Switzerland, said a tourist who went missing on Saturday had also been found dead. 

The 31-year-old Frenchman had tried to climb the Glattwang mountain alone on Saturday afternoon after skiing with his girlfriend. 

When he did not return, a search was launched and the man’s body was found in a ravine on Sunday morning. Police said he had triggered an avalanche on his descent which carried him more than a kilometre over rocky terrain. 

Snow drift death 

Separately, one of three walkers buried by a snow drift in Valais on Saturday had died, reported Swiss public radio, SRF, quoting the police. 

The group was hiking at 2,700 metres in the St Luc region when the accident happened. One of them managed to get free and make an emergency call which allowed the others to be rescued. 

All three were flown to hospital, where one, a 29-year-old woman from canton Vaud, died of her injuries on Sunday evening, SRF said.

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