South Tyrol, Italy – On Wednesday, January 3, 2018 a 45-year-old German woman and her 11-year-old daughter were killed in an avalanche while skiing off piste near Malga San Valentino near the Haideralm Ski Area in Val Venosta in South Tyrol, Italy.
The avalanche occurred near the Seeköpfl at 14:00 at an elevation of 2100 meters while a group of nine German nationals were skiing off piste. Five people were untouched by the slide, two were trapped and quickly extracted without injury, and two others were buried.
The 11-year-old victim was recovered, but resuscitation efforts were unsuccessful. She was declared dead on the scene. The mother was recovered after an hour and was transported to the hospital where she died of her injuries.
Rescuers responded on foot because helicopters were unable to access the site due to 100 km/h gusts of wind. The avalanche danger at the time was 3/5.
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