Glacier collapse in Italy kills at least six people

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Officials in Italy says that At least six people died Sunday after a glacier collapse in the northern Italian Alps triggered an avalanche.

According to the BBC, eight other people were injured during the avalanche, two of them were seriously injured.

Helicopters and rescuers were sent to the crash site.

“Unfortunately, five people were found lifeless,” emergency services spokeswoman Michela Canoval told AFP, noting the number “remains a preliminary count.”

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Published Sunday, July 3, 2022 by the Italian National Alpine and Cave Rescue Corps, this image shows a glacier in the Italian Alps near Trento, much of which has broken away, killing at least six hikers and injuring eight.  Alpine rescue officials, who reported the incident on Sunday evening, said it could take hours to determine if any hikers were missing.  The National Alpine and Cave Rescue Corps said on Twitter that at least five helicopters and rescue dogs participated in the search for the Marmolada Peak area.

Published Sunday, July 3, 2022 by the Italian National Alpine and Cave Rescue Corps, this image shows a glacier in the Italian Alps near Trento, much of which has broken away, killing at least six hikers and injuring eight. Alpine rescue officials, who reported the incident on Sunday evening, said it could take hours to determine if any hikers were missing. The National Alpine and Cave Rescue Corps said on Twitter that at least five helicopters and rescue dogs participated in the search for the Marmolada Peak area.
(Corpo Nazionale Soccorso Alpino e Speleologico via AP)

“An avalanche of snow, ice and rocks that hit the access road in its path when there were several groups tied up with ropes, some of which were swept away,” Canova said. “The final number of climbers involved is not yet known,” she added.

One of the rescuers, Luigi Felicetti, said that “we saw dead (people) and huge blocks of ice, rocks.”

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Published Sunday, July 3, 2022 by the Italian National Alpine and Cave Rescue Corps, this image shows a glacier in the Italian Alps near Trento, much of which has broken away, killing at least six hikers and injuring eight.  Alpine rescue officials, who reported the incident on Sunday evening, said it could take hours to determine if any hikers were missing.  The National Alpine and Cave Rescue Corps said on Twitter that at least five helicopters and rescue dogs participated in the search for the Marmolada Peak area.

Published Sunday, July 3, 2022 by the Italian National Alpine and Cave Rescue Corps, this image shows a glacier in the Italian Alps near Trento, much of which has broken away, killing at least six hikers and injuring eight. Alpine rescue officials, who reported the incident on Sunday evening, said it could take hours to determine if any hikers were missing. The National Alpine and Cave Rescue Corps said on Twitter that at least five helicopters and rescue dogs participated in the search for the Marmolada Peak area.
(Corpo Nazionale Soccorso Alpino e Speleologico via AP)

The Ministry of Emergency Situations in the area of ​​the collapse reported that there were supposedly 15 people in the group that went on a hike.

The cause of the collapse is not yet known, but rescue service representativeWalter Milan, said that high temperatures have recently been observed in the area of ​​the collapse.

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“Intense heat,” Milan said. “Obviously, this is something abnormal.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.