Two feared buried in French Alps avalanche

12th July 2004, Comments 0 comments

CHAMONIX, France, July 11 (AFP) - French mountain rescue teams were on Sunday searching for two people who were reported to have been swept away by an avalanche in the Mont Blanc mountain range of southeastern France.

CHAMONIX, France, July 11 (AFP) - French mountain rescue teams were on Sunday searching for two people who were reported to have been swept away by an avalanche in the Mont Blanc mountain range of southeastern France.

Searchers on the ground using dogs and spotter teams in helicopters were combing a region on the north face of the Mont Blanc du Tacul mountain, a secondary peak in the Mont Blanc group that is popular with hikers.

There were fears however of a new avalanche in the region, where two people were believed to have gone missing on Saturday afternoon.

The identities of the missing hikers were not immediately known. The alert was sounded after another hiker reported seeing two people swept away by a large avalanche.

The main peak in the Mont Blanc range is the highest mountain in the Alps, at 4,808 metres (15,774 feet). The Mont Blanc du Tacul rises to just over 4,000 metres above sea level.

 

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