Austria’s Red Cross said on Saturday that three people were killed and two injured in an avalanche in the Salzburg region.
Red Cross spokesman Anton Schilcher told the APA agency that the accident occurred about 2,400 meters (7,800 ft) above Lungau district on Saturday, shortly after 1:45 p.m. local time.
Local emergency response officer Christoph Vidal told local media that the snow buried eight people in the group as deep as 4.5 metres.
Two of the victims were already dead when their bodies were recovered, while the third died after being taken to hospital in Klagenfurt.
Two injured skiers were taken to a hospital in the city of Tamsweg.
The skiers caught in the avalanche were from a group of regions in Salzburg and Upper Austria.
In recent years, an average of about 20 people have been killed by avalanches in Austria each year.
The last two seasons were less lethal as the coronavirus pandemic decimated the number of skiers overall.
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