One dead, two missing in Swiss avalanche

12th February 2009, Comments 0 comments

French snowshoers are caught in an avalanche Wednesday in the canton of Valais.

GENEVA - One person died and two were missing in an avalanche that hit the Swiss Alps Wednesday, local police said.

A fourth person was injured and hospitalised out of a group of French snowshoers caught by the avalanche in the southwestern Swiss canton of Valais, police said in a statement.

Three others escaped and sought help, the statement said.

Rescue workers stopped their search for the missing pair near nightfall and were expected to resume early Thursday, a police spokesman told AFP.

[AFP / Expatica]

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