AVALANCHE VICTIMS IDENTIFIED
4th February 2019 | James Cove, PlanetSKI Editor
The two people who lved in the UK were among 8 people who died in avalanches in Italy after heavy snowfall. PlanetSKI reports.
Two people from the UK and two from France were reported missing on Sunday afternoon, when the risk of avalanches in the resort of Courmayeur was at Level 4.
Their friends alerted the rescue services when they failed to appear at a pre-arranged meeting point at lunchtime.
An extensive search was carried out and the bodies were found on Monday.
They have been named as 39-year-old Katherine Clarke, originally from New Zealand and 43-year-old Matt Ziegler, originally from Switzerland, who both lived in London.
They worked as lawyers for Barclays Bank.
Katherine Clarke and Matt Ziegler
A spokesman for Barclays said: “Our thoughts are with the families of all the victims, but especially those of our two colleagues, Matt and Katherine.
“We are supporting their families in every way we can, and we are supporting their friends and colleagues at Barclays who are devastated by the loss.”
A 36-year-old Frenchman and a 38-year old Polish man who lived in France were also killed in the resort.
In total eight people died in Italy as a result of weekend avalanches.
The authorities are warning everyone to check the warnings and obey all the rules if they ski off piste.
There is still plenty of good skiing to be had to the sides of the marked runs on blue and red slopes.
See here for our report from around the mountains.
We have teams in France, Austria and Italy.
In Les3Vallees the risk remains at Level 3 which means there is ‘considerable’ danger of avalanche.
Level 3 avalanche risk on Monday 4th January
With all the fresh snow there is a high danger of avalanche and in places the risk has been at Level 5, the highest risk.
Skiers were caught in two separates avalanches in Serre Chevalier in France on Saturday.
All the victims were dug out. The risk in the area at the time was Level 4.
An 18 year old, Sacha Arabadzic, has been missing in the resort of Oz-en-Oisans in Alpes d’Huez in France since last Thursday.
The search has continued over the weekend but hopes are fading.
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