Woman and two rescuers die in avalanches

Monday, February 05, 2001
A woman climber and two men trying to rescue her have been killed in a double avalanche in the Swiss Alps.

The 30-year-old woman, identified only as a Swiss citizen, was caught by the first avalanche near Zinal in southern Switzerland.

As seven rescuers attempted to find her a second, larger avalanche hit them. One man was pronounced dead at the scene and the body of the second rescuer, also identified only as a Swiss man, was recovered yesterday afternoon.

Meanwhile, in Alaska, an avalanche in mountains northeast of Anchorage killed two snowmobilers from a party of seven.

Three were buried in the avalanche, but one managed to pull himself out.

Both of the fatalities were found in about nine feet of snow. One of the dead was identified as Scott Boland, 32.

An avalanche northwest of Innsbruck in the Austrian Alps also killed a German snowboarder. The unidentified 24-year old from Munich was one of four snowboarders who ignored signs warning of the danger of avalanches to explore a deep-snow skiing area.