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11 dead in Swiss Alps avalanches
01 Feb 2015 15:03
Eleven people have died in off-piste skiing accidents in the Swiss Alps despite repeated avalanche warnings over the past four days, police said.
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Nine skiers were hit by an avalanche yesterday on the Piz Vilan mountain where they were skiing at an altitude of around 2,200 metres.
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Five members of the party died, while two were seriously injured.
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A 31-year-old Swiss man was killed by an avalanche while he was skiing off-piste in the Bernese Oberland yesterday, and in the same area a 28-year-old Swiss snowboarder was engulfed by snow and died.
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In another fatal accident, in Wildhaus near the Austrian border, a 26-year-old skiing off-piste provoked a snow slide that sent him over a cliff, police said.
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Another three off-piste skiers died Thursday and Friday. Up to 1.2 metres of snow has fallen in the region in recent days, and authorities have made repeated avalanche warnings.
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