August 25, 2008

10 Missing After Alps Avalanche

TEN climbers were missing last night after a massive avalanche.

At least eight others were injured by the 140ft-wide, 600ft-long wall of snow that crashed down Mont Blanc du Tacul in the French Alps.

The injured climbers had dug themselves out by the time rescuers arrived. They were treated for broken bones and hypothermia. No Brits were thought to be involved.

Three helicopters and dozens of rescuers with dogs were scouring the slopes, 12,000ft up, although the search had to be suspended in the afternoon amid fears that the warm weather could cause another avalanche.

Mont Blanc du Tacul is on one of the routes used to reach the summit of 15,780ft Mont Blanc, western Europe's biggest mountain.

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