The lifeless bodies of three freeriders were identified during the search operations of the four skiers - two British and two French - dispersed from yesterday over Courmayeur. The corpses were buried under an avalanche in Val Veny, in the area of the Spagnoli canal.
Alpine relief service in Valle d'Aosta and the alpine rescue service of the finance guard, with the dog protection unit and helicopter of the Civil Defense, the search for the lost fourth continues.
The three freeriders who had been missing in Val Veny yesterday were found buried under more than two meters of snow. They did not go skiing in a forbidden zone: the Spanish Channel, having ascertained the Alpine Rescue of the Entreves Finance Guard, is just outside the off-limits area. A 38-year-old skier from Poland and a resident of Chamonix (France) remains to be recovered, while the bodies of a thirty-nine year old from New Zealand and resident in London, a 43-year-old man from Switzerland and residing in the British capital and a 36-year-old Frenchman from Chamonix. Two of the three freeriders - a man and a woman - were wearing a backpack with the airbag, which they had managed to activate to try to float on the avalanche. The three were found thanks to the signal of their devices Artva, at the end of the canal, not far from a stream. Slavine is likely to have broken off late yesterday morning.
Following the serious accidents that occurred at the weekend, the Presidency of the Valle d'Aosta Region "invites all the people who attend the mountain during this period to pay the utmost attention to the daily information of the nivological weather made by the offices of the Region". "The avalanche problem - reads the avalanche bulletin - is snow" windy. "The avalanche danger is 3-considerable across the whole region".