Bodies of two missing skiers found in French Alps

The bodies of two skiers who had disappeared during an avalanche in the French Alps on March 4th have been found.

Bodies of two missing skiers found in French Alps
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The skiers had gone missing during an avalanche in Arêches-Beaufort in the Savoie department of the French Alps on March 4th.  
Their corpses were found on Thursday at 10am during a reconnaissance mission led by French security police, the CRS and a dozen members of the local ski patrol.
The two skiers from Normandy, aged 47 and 49, had disappeared after the avalanche in the area of ​​Planay area of Savoie.
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Their discovery was made possible due to “clues left on the surface [of the snow] as it melted,” Cyril Anceau, chief of the CRS division leading the mission told BFM TV
Both bodies were then helicoptered to the local funeral home.
There were several deadly avalanches in France this past winter. In February a father and daughter were swept to the deaths whilst skiing on a closed piste near Val d'Isere.
That tragedy came just days after three skiers were killed by an avalanche in the Pyrenees.

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‘It’s a miracle’: Boy survives 40-minute burial after avalanche in French Alps

A 12-year-old boy was found alive Wednesday 40 minutes after being swept away and buried by an avalanche while skiing with his parents in the French Alps, rescuers said.

'It's a miracle': Boy survives 40-minute burial after avalanche in French Alps
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The family had just left a groomed run for an off-piste sector at the La Plagne ski area in southeast France when the boy was caught by the cascading mass of snow at around 2:00 pm (1300 GMT).
He was not carrying a transmitting beacon that could alert rescuers to his position quickly.
But a sniffer dog brought in by the French mountain police squad from nearby Courchevel found him around 40 minutes later.
“It's a miracle because he had no victim detection device. The chances of survival are minuscule after 15 minutes under the snow,” one of the rescuers told AFP.
The child, who suffered only a broken leg, was taken to the hospital at Grenoble.