Bodies three alpine skiers French Club, carried away by an avalanche Saturday in the Massif du Queyras, were found Sunday January 25, hours after those of their three comrades hiking, the platoon indicated High mountain gendarmerie (PGHM) of Briançon.
“The bodies of three skiers were also found at the site of the avalanche. This is a plate that has detached and took away all skiers ” said Captain Sarah Chelpi, the PGHM of Briançon. The six bodies were found in the valley of Bachas, at 2,500 meters above sea level.
The six experienced people four men and two women of French nationality, aged 50 to 70 years, left Saturday morning for a ski trip, were victims of a large snow slide that would have triggered their path, said the prefecture of Hautes-Alpes.
Avalanche risk 3 of 5
The first three bodies were found in the night. Searches were then interrupted around 1:00 am “because of climatic conditions , which made the work of perilous emergency,” said the Prefect of the Hautes-Alpes.
The six hikers began their ascent to the ski lifts of the ski resort Ceillac. Their return was expected Saturday. These are their relatives, anxious not to see them back on time, who reported their disappearance.
“When left, the sky was clear and the risk of avalanche estimated at 3 to 5 , “said the prefecture.
Avalanches: 17 dead this season
An investigation was opened and entrusted to PGHM Briançon, while that a medico-psychological emergency cell has been established by the prefecture to the attention of families.
A crisis has also been mounted by the prefecture in the hall of the town of Ceillac, where a chapel was set up.
Since the beginning of the season 2014/2015 winter sports, 17 people died in avalanches in France in an AFP count based on data from the National Association for the Study of Snow and Avalanches (Anena).