Two Austrian hikers killed in Swiss avalanche

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Two Austrian hikers died in an avalanche in eastern Switzerland, police said on Wednesday.

They were part of a group of four hiking towards the 2,867-metre- (9,406-foot-) high Juferhorn peak in the eastern canton of Grisons when they were buried in snow, a statement said.

The hikers, aged from 23 to 52, were properly equipped. The youngest was able to free himself and pulled a fellow climber out. The two others, a man aged 53, and a woman, 50, were dug out by rescuers.

The man died in the snow before he was found while the woman succumbed to her injuries after being hospitalised in critical condition.

© 2012 AFP

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