Avalanches Kills Five, Leaves Three Missing in Switzerland

BERN, Switzerland, Jan. 4 (UPI) — Five people died and three people are still missing as a result of avalanches in Switzerland, authorities say.

PlanetSKI.eu reported Monday that four people died, including a Swiss Air Service rescue worker, in Switzerland’s Diemtig Valley after an avalanche hit a group of skiers Sunday.

After an initial avalanche struck the skiers at the region south of Bern, Switzerland, rescue officials attempting to save the victims were struck by a second avalanche.

Authorities confirmed four people, included a doctor in the rescue party, died in the avalanches and eight others were hospitalized with various injuries.

A search is under way for three missing individuals, PlanetSKI.eu reported.

Meanwhile, another man died Sunday after being buried by an avalanche in Switzerland’s Valais canton, said the BBC, quoting Tribune de Geneve.

A second individual buried in Sunday’s avalanche was able to free himself from the snow.

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