ROME — Rescue groups have been looking Sunday for 2 skiers who have been caught in an avalanche close to Mont Blanc on Italy’s northern border with France, native authorities mentioned.
Two surviving off-piste skiers sounded the alarm shortly after the 1 p.m. avalanche on Val Veny, above Courmayeur, however low-lying clouds prevented helicopters from reaching the scene, Courmayeur Mayor Roberto Rota instructed Sky TG24.
Rescuers have been attending to the positioning by snowmobile, however Rota mentioned the probabilities of discovering the skiers alive was slim given the period of time that had handed.
Rota recommended the 4 skiers have been amateurs who hadn’t gone up with a information or correct avalanche security tools, although he added that avalanche airbags would have solely been helpful if rescuers have been close by and had gotten to the scene inside the first 15-20 minutes.
“Sadly, it’s 99% that these concerned received’t make it,” he mentioned.
The avalanche threat Sunday for the realm was a level-three “appreciable” hazard on a scale of 5 threat ranges — low, reasonable, appreciable, excessive and really excessive — utilized by the European Avalanche Warning Companies, Rota mentioned.