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Swiss police search for six missing skiers near Matterhorn

Published 03/10/2024, 08:17 AM
Updated 03/11/2024, 09:56 AM
© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Tourists take a picture in front of the Matterhorn mountain at the Gornergrat in Zermatt, Switzerland June 2, 2019. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

GENEVA (Reuters) -Police in Switzerland's Valais canton on Sunday were searching for six people who went missing during a ski tour that departed from the Alpine town of Zermatt.

The skiers, five of them members of the same family, went missing around Tête Blanche mountain on Saturday on the Zermatt-Arolla path, near the Matterhorn mountain that straddles the border between Switzerland and Italy, police said.

"The storm raging in the south of the Alps and the risk of avalanches has prevented helicopters and rescuers from approaching the area," the police said.

© Reuters. Helicopters are pictured during a rescue operation after six touring skiers went missing, in Evolene, Switzerland, in this handout picture released on March 11, 2024. Police Cantonale Valaisanne/Handout via REUTERS

Police said the missing skiers were between the ages of 21 and 58. Five belonged to one family from the Valais canton, while the sixth person is from the canton of Fribourg.

Zermatt is a popular mountain resort renowned for skiing and attracts tourists from around the world.

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