3 May 2009

Avalanche kills six people in Austria

8:40 pm on 3 May 2009

An avalanche has killed six people near the ski resort of Soelden in the Austrian Alps, emergency officials say.

Witnesses spotted the snowslide in the Schalfkogel mountain range on Saturday and alerted alpine rescuers but they could not reach the scene until Sunday due to bad weather.

The national news agency APA said emergency services were able to retrieve the bodies of six people, who were mountain climbers from the Czech Republic.

The search had been called off, it reported.