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Avalanche in Swiss resort kills three skiers

March 31, 2018

The skiers were part of a tour group in the Valais area, in southwestern Switzerland.

All three who died are believed to have been Spanish nationals.

They were near the area of Fiescheralp, and at an altitude of nearly 2,500m (8,000ft), when the snow mass detached.

Skiers from another group, who saw the avalanche, called in emergency services but the search had to be suspended over night because of bad weather.

Heavy snow has been falling for days in the Alps and a series of avalanche warnings have been issued.

On Thursday, police in the area posted an advisory to skiers on their website.

The Swiss canton of Valais
Image:An avalanche in early March killed at least three others

The Spanish group were wearing detection devices in case of an avalanche.

Authorities say the search has now ended and the three bodies were being recovered on Sunday morning.

The two injured skiers were taken to hospital by helicopter for treatment, according to reports.

Another avalanche in the area three weeks ago killed at least three people – one of them was a New Zealander.