French Pyrenees: Spanish skier dies in avalanche.

Hautes-Pyrénées : un skieur espagnol tué dans une avalanche, un deuxième grièvement blessé. And a second skier seriously injured.

Une vingtaine de secouristes ont été mobilisés pour retrouver deux skieurs espagnols disparus dans une avalanche dans le secteur d’Aragnouet-Bielsa. L’un des deux est mort, le deuxième a été retrouvé vivant mais son pronostic vital est engagé, a appris franceinfo.  Twenty mountain rescuers were mobilised to search for two Spanish skiers who disappeared  in an avalanche in d’Aragnouet-Bielsa.  One of the two died, the second was found alive but his prognosis is on hold.

Une avalanche dans le département des Hautes-Pyrénées, en 2009. 
Une avalanche dans le département des Hautes-Pyrénées, en 2009.  A similar avalanche in the Pyrenees in 2009.(DANIELE SCHNEIDER / AFP)
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L’un des deux skieurs ensevelis par une avalanche samedi 3 mars près du tunnel d’Aragnouet-Bielsa (Hautes-Pyrénées 65) est mort, a appris franceinfo auprès des CRS de Gavarnie. Le deuxième skieur est grièvement blessé et son pronostic vital est engagé.

One of the skiers carried away by the avalanche on Sat 3 March close to the popular tunnel died, as notified by the Gavarnie (Lourdes) police. The second skier is seriously injured.

Les deux skieurs d’origine espagnole ont été emportés par une avalanche vers midi samedi. Ils ont été retrouvés, pour le premier, grâce à son ARVA – système de détection de victime d’avalanche -, grâce au chien des CRS pour le second.

The two Spanish skiers were carried away by an avalanche around midday on Saturday. The first skier was found thanks to an emergency locator beacon and the second thanks to a police search dog. 

Les deux skieurs étaient dans une zone de montagne fréquentée, mais pas dans une station de ski. Au moins une vingtaine de personnes ont été mobilisés pour les retrouver. L’avalanche n’a pas affecté la circulation de ce tunnel très fréquenté.

The two skiers were in a frequently visited zone, but not part of a ski station. At least twenty search and rescue personnel were mobilised for the search. The avalanche did not disrupt the traffic in the busy tunnel.

D’autres avalanches, cette fois dans le massif alpin, ont causé vendredi la mort de quatre personnes dans les Alpes-Maritimes, à environ 2 000 mètres d’altitude et hors de tout domaine skiable alors que le risque d’avalanche était élevé. Le guide qui les accompagnait est samedi toujours en garde à vue.

In other avalanches, this time in the Alps, caused the death of four people, at about 2000 metres altitude and off piste, although the risk of avalanche was lifted. The mountain ski guide was questioned by the police.

Par ailleurs en Isère, une skieuse de 19 ans a été prise vendredi dans une coulée de neige qui a traversé une piste dans la station des Deux-Alpes.

Another death, in the Isere (38), a young woman skier was carried away in a snow flow that crossed the ski slope in Deux-Alps.

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