French Alps Avalanche: 7 Climbers Killed, 1 Injured, in Pelvoux

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LONDON — Seven climbers were killed and one was injured by an avalanche in the French Alps on Tuesday morning, officials said.

Three rope teams were on the mountain in the Pelvoux region of southeast France when the avalanche struck, the High-Alps Prefect said in a statement. The avalanche occurred at an altitude of around 13,000 feet, it said.

Image: The Dome and the Barre des Ecrins mountains in the French Alps, near Pelvoux. File photo.
The Dome and the Barre des Ecrins mountains in the French Alps, near Pelvoux. File photo.EMMANUEL FOUDROT / Reuters, file

Foreigners were "certainly" among the dead, the statement said, adding their nationalities would be specified at a later point. It said officials were working on identification.

Three helicopters and mountain specialists were deployed in the search, which was called off early Tuesday afternoon. The avalanche occurred around midday local time (6 a.m. ET), according to the BBC.

The injured climber had a broken leg, the Prefect said.

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