One dead, two rescued in French avalanches

28th January 2005, Comments 0 comments

BARAGES, France, Jan 27 (AFP) - Avalanches on French mountainsides killed one man Thursday, but rescuers were able to pluck two people alive from the snow, officials said.

BARAGES, France, Jan 27 (AFP) - Avalanches on French mountainsides killed one man Thursday, but rescuers were able to pluck two people alive from the snow, officials said.

A father and son who went skiing off trail triggered an avalanche at the Superbareges area on the Pic du Midi in the Pyrenees. Emergency workers were able to rescue the father, who was buried up to his neck, but found the son dead under two metres (seven feet) of snow, the mayor to the town of Barages, Jean-Claude Crampe, told AFP.

In the French Alps rescuers plucked alive a mountain guide who had spent more than half an hour under the snow.

The guide, 43, who had been leading a group on snowshoes, had travelled ahead to check if the snow was safe when he was hit by the avalanche, said the rescue service.

© AFP

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