Avalanche in French Alps claims three members of same family

Avalanche in French Alps claims three members of same family
By James Edgar with AGENCIES
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Three members of the same family are among four people who have been killed by an avalanche in the French ski resort Tignes

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Three members of the same family are among four people who have been killed by an avalanche in the French ski resort Tignes.

The bodies of a father, his two teenage sons and their experienced guide were recovered after the avalanche struck at around 11am local time in the off-piste area of Tovière.

Deadly avalanche hits French Alpine resort of Tignes https://t.co/niNatZneAx#avalanche#Tignes#France

— The Watchers (@TheWatchers_) February 13, 2017

A fifth person is being treated after being pulled from the snow by search teams.

Emergency services said the victims were swept away by a massive wall of snow, reported to have stretched 400 metres across.

Helicopters and dogs have been engaged in the search.

#mountainmemories The view from the Eye of the Needle at the top of Aiguille Percee across the Tignes bowl earlier this week… pic.twitter.com/5peLsu3Mgv

— Tignes (@Tignes_ski) February 3, 2017

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