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American teenager among 3 killed in an avalanche near the Swiss resort of Zermatt

The victims were a 15-year-old American boy, a man and a woman. A 20-year-old Swiss man was flown to a hospital with serious injuries.
Search operations after an avalanche at Zermatt ski resort, in Valais, Switzerland
Search operations after an avalanche at Zermatt ski resort in Valais, Switzerland, on Monday.Police Cantonale Valaisanne via AFP - Getty Images
/ Source: The Associated Press

GENEVA — An American teenager and two other people were killed in avalanche near the Swiss resort of Zermatt, police said Tuesday. One person was flown to a hospital with serious injuries.

The avalanche occurred at about 2 p.m. Monday in an off-piste area of the Riffelberg, above the resort and below the famed Matterhorn peak. Rescuers recovered three bodies and the injured skier, a 20-year-old Swiss man.

The victims were a 15-year-old American boy, a man and a woman whose identification has not yet been concluded, police in Valais canton (state) said in a statement. They gave no further details, but said they currently have no information on the woman’s identity.

Prosecutors were investigating the incident.

Last month, five members of a Swiss family were found dead after going missing while cross-country skiing near the Matterhorn in difficult weather conditions. Authorities abandoned the search for a sixth missing person days later.