Two Spanish skiers killed in French Pyrenees avalanche

4 March 2018, 03:48

Two Spanish skiers have died after an avalanche hit a group skiing off-piste on a mountain in the French Pyrenees.

The avalanche hit near the Aragnouet-Bielsa tunnel linking France to Spain.

Three other members of the skiing group managed to extract themselves from the snow and raise the alarm after their companions disappeared just before midday on Saturday.

Rescue workers found one man dead at the scene while the other was discovered alive by a rescue dog but died later in hospital.

On Friday, four skiers were killed in the Mercantour National park in the French Alps, the deadliest avalanche of the winter so far.

Their guide was detained by police for potentially putting the group at risk. He was released on Saturday.

France has seen heavy snowfalls since the start of the week, as a blast of icy weather from Siberia engulfed Europe before warmer weather swept in from the south from Thursday.

More than 20 people have now died since France's ski season began in November.