Alpine avalanche kills father and 11-year-old daughter

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FILE image of an avalanche at Bear Pass in British Columbia, Canada

FILE image of an avalanche at Bear Pass in British Columbia, Canada

LYON – A father, 43, and his 11-year-old daughter died Sunday when an avalanche swept them away while they were skiing in the French Alps, rescue officials said.

They said the pair hailing from the Paris region had been skiing on a slope in the Pisaillas glacier area of the Val d&39;Isere which was closed because of the avalanche risk.

 

They were found in a hollow surrounded by cliffs at an altitude of around 2,930 metres (9,670 feet) in the early afternoon.

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The exact circumstances of the accident were not yet known, and prosecutors in nearby Albertville have opened an investigation.

A cross-country skier was also killed in the region on Sunday in an off-piste area near the Giettaz-en-Aravis ski resort.