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Avalanche hits mountain climbers in France, killing four

Avalanche hits mountain climbers in France, killing four Avalanche hits mountain climbers in France (Getty Images)
Author: Maria Kholina

On Sunday, February 25, a snow avalanche in Mont-Dore, France, killed seven climbers. Four people died after the avalanche in the Sansi massif, while three others sustained injuries, according to BFMTV.

At the time of the avalanche, the seven climbers were still tethered together. Nearby was a group of two individuals who managed to escape the slide and promptly sounded the alarm. According to local authorities, several individuals had beacons, facilitating the search effort.

Approximately fifty rescuers were deployed, including members of the high-mountain police unit, canine units, instructors, and ski patrols. "The mobilization was strong," noted one government official.

The identities of the four deceased climbers were confirmed, and their families were informed in the evening. Among them were the renowned guide David Vigouroux, co-founder of the guide bureau, a member of the emergency services, and two members of the alpine club.

The four deceased were experienced and well-equipped climbers familiar with the mountains.

"We are truly shocked," said the Mayor of Mont-Dore (Puy-de-Dôme).

The three survivors are currently in good condition. Two of them emerged entirely unscathed, while the third was under observation due to a moderately severe head injury.

The Clermont-Ferrand prosecutor's office has initiated an investigation to determine the causes of the tragedy.