Cuneo, Italy – On Saturday, February 11, 2017 six ski mountaineers were descending a slope near Fontanile above Bergemoletto in the Valle Stura di Demonte in Cuneo, Italy when 5 of the 6 skiers were caught in an avalanche. One did not survive.
The avalanche occurred around 14:00 while the group was descending a slope at an elevation of roughly 2000 meters. Five of the six people were caught in the avalanche. The sixth person alerted authorities and began to search for his companions using avalanche transceivers.
Four of the skiers were partially buried and managed to free themselves. A fifth person was found, but did not survive the avalanche. It is suspected that the avalanche victim died of trauma.
Rescuers included helicopters and search dogs. One slightly injured ski tourer and the body were flown out by helicopter. The rest of the group skied out to the valley on their own.
According to ARPA.Piemonte.gov.it, the avalanche danger was rated 4 out of 5 (high) in the Maritime Alps on 11 February 2017.
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