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Briton among four skiers killed in Alpine avalanche

Sad task: A body is lifted to the helicopter

A BRITON was among four skiers killed in a huge avalanche in the Alps.

The 43-year-old, of Swiss heritage, died along with a 39-year-old friend from New Zealand in Courmayeur, Valle d’Aoasta, north-west Italy.

The pair, who both lived in London, lost their lives on the last day of their holiday in the resort.

The other victims were said to include a 36-year-old French national and a 38-year-old Polish skier who had been living in France.

Collapse: An aerial view of the search in progress PICTURES: GETTY/EPA

The four were reportedly skiing off-piste when they were engulfed by the avalanche on Sunday.

Police launched a search after friends of the Briton and Kiwi reported that they had not returned to their hotel.

Three of the bodies were recovered yesterday morning while the fourth was discovered in the afternoon.

The trio found first were all wearing airbag backpacks designed to float the wearer to the surface of the snow, news website Italian Insider reported.

Rescuers used dogs and helicopters during the search, which began on Sunday afternoon.

The victims were among at least ten people killed in a series of avalanches in the Alps over the weekend.

Warnings had been issued that the risk was high after heavy snowfalls.

Daniel Loots, of the Ski Club of Great Britain, advised staying on the piste in such conditions. ‘When skiing off-piste you should always carry an avalanche transceiver, probe and metal shovel, all of which you should be familiar with using,’ he added.

He said the first thing to do after an avalanche is call mountain rescue or ski patrol. Skiers can prepare by saving the phone numbers in their mobiles.