Huge avalanche kills 5 Czech skiers in Austria

Five Czech skiers skiing despite 'level 3' avalanche alert were killed in huge avalanche that swept away their group of 17 in Austria

Photo by: AP (Archive )
Photo by: AP (Archive )

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Five Czech skiers were killed in a huge avalanche that swept away their group of 17 in the Austrian skiing region of Tyrol on Saturday, police said.

Local TV reported that the avalanche was 2km wide and 5m deep and came down shortly after noon at the Wattener Lizum region, about 40km southeast of Innsbruck.

Police said 2 people were injured, while 10 others survived the avalanche unharmed.

The experienced Czech skiers were taking part in a so-called "freeride camp" and had been repeatedly warned about the danger by locals.

The entire skiing region had been on a 'level 3' avalanche alert, out of a maximum 5, and several avalanches were also reported in the region.

TRTWorld, Reuters