British Woman Killed in French Alps Avalanche

A British woman died in the French Alps when she was caught in an avalanche. The 45-year-old was hiking with two other people on the Argentiere Glacier on Mont Blanc on Saturday when the accident happened.

French police said that around 5 p.m., a guide told a high mountain search and rescue unit in Chamonix about the accident. The unit sent rescue workers and a doctor to the scene by helicopter. Colonel Bertrand Host from the mountain rescue unit said that no matter how hard they tried, they couldn’t save the woman.

“When we arrived we had to rescue this person but she was in a bad situation and we evacuated her from the valley,” he said. “She was taken charge by rescuers and two dogs but we didn’t manage to revive her.”

The woman’s death is being looked into by the Chamonix coroner, who has also asked for a postmortem. Colonel Host said that people do die on the Mont Blanc massif. He said that about 80 people die there every year.

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The local public prosecutor’s office said that the woman and her partner had been with a high mountain guide and were going up the Col du Tour Noir when the avalanche happened. The office confirmed that there was a three out of five avalanche warning risk on Saturday.

A spokesperson for the Foreign Office said: “We are providing assistance to the family of a British woman who died in France.” Mont Blanc is the highest mountain in western Europe at 4,810m (15,781ft). Every year, about 20,000 skiers and hikers visit the mountain.

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