Italy: Two Hungarian cavers killed by avalanche

Two Hungarian cavers were killed by an avalanche in the Alps in north-eastern Italy, rescuers said today, while another seven remained trapped in a mountain cave.

The two – a man and a woman – were found dead today. A third, who was with the victims when they were hit by the avalanche, was reported safe, the Alpine rescue service in north-eastern Italy said.

The three had been the first in the group to leave the cave. They were hit first by a minor avalanche yesterday morning on Mount Bila Pec, near Udine. They managed to free themselves from the snow, but were struck by another avalanche two hours later as they descended from the mountain, rescuers said.

Heavy snowfall was complicating efforts to rescue the remaining seven, rescue teams said, but added that the seven did not appear to be in immediate danger as long as they remained inside the cave.

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