Report: Rescue operation ends after avalanche kills six in Italy

A mountain rescue operation in northern Italy ended Saturday, after emergency services recovered the bodies of six skiers killed by a large avalanche, the ANSA news agency reported.

Five of the victims were Italian and one was Austrian, the news agency reported, citing information from the rescue services.

The avalanche occured on Schneebiger Nock, a 3,358-metre-high mountain near the Austrian border in the Italian province of South Tyrol.

Rescue teams concluded their search late Saturday afternoon after there were no more missing parties on the mountain, known as Monte Nevoso in Italian.

Eight people were able to free themselves and help others out from under the snow, the ANSA report said.

The rescue operation included a reported 100 people, as well as helicopters and sniffer dogs.

"We rarely have operations on a scale like this," ANSA quoted Rafael Kostner of the mountain rescue service Aiut Alpin as saying.

The organization was coordinating the flights of rescue helicopters and had already recovered the six bodies to lower ground.

Last update: Sat, 12/03/2016 - 19:14

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