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French nationals feared dead after Swiss avalanche

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French nationals feared dead after Swiss avalanche
A police handout shows a general view of an avalanche that swept away four people in Vallon d'Arbi in western Switzerland. Photo: POLICE CANTONALE VALAISANNE / AFP

Four people were feared dead Saturday after an avalanche hit the Swiss ski area of Vallon d'Arbi, with one body already recovered and rescue workers searching for three others.

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Police in Valais canton said that search operations continued until 3:30am on Saturday, then resumed after a break at 9am.
 
"During the night, one body was recovered. The formal identification process is ongoing," the police statement said.
 
Those still missing were identified as a Swiss citizen and two French nationals.
 
Vallon d'Arbi is a route best suited to skilled skiers, which is sporadically closed for safety reasons. Tourism sites recommend visitors ski with a guide.
 
Police said the route was open at the time of Friday's avalanche.
 
The accident is the latest in a series of fatal incidents affecting skiers in Switzerland this season, with a series of avalanches killing three in the Swiss Alps last month.

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