Six skiers killed in French avalanche

Six skiers killed in French avalanche

The bodies of six French skiers have been found a day after they were swept away by an avalanche in the French Alps.

Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said the skiers were killed near the town of Ceillac in in the Queyras Massif, 200 kilometres north of Nice on the Italian border.

Mountain rescuers, including 18 searchers, two dog handlers and a helicopter began searching for the skiers yesterday afternoon.

The bodies of the four men and two women, aged between 50 and 70, were found this morning.

The skiers had begun their ascent by ski life in the resort of Ceillac, and they were found at an altitude of 2500 meters.

The irish Mirror reprorts that 17 people have died in avalanches in France since the beginning of this season, with the number rising to 30 across the entire Alps range.

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