Three mountaineers killed by avalanches in the Swiss Alps

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Three people have died in separate avalanche accidents over the Christmas period in the Swiss Alps, local Swiss media and police source said on Tuesday.

Swiss public radio reported Tuesday that a man who was skiing close to the 2,844-metre Hofathorn, in the canton of Valais, died after being carried away by an avalanche on Monday morning.

The 39-year-old from the Valais region was quickly found and recovered by his friends but was confirmed dead at the scene by emergency services.

The Swiss local public radio also reported that one of three walkers buried by a snow drift in Valais on Saturday were later found dead. The report said the group was hiking at 2,700 metres in the St Luc region when the accident happened.

Meanwhile, police in eastern Switzerland’s Graubunden said that a French tourist who went missing on Saturday had also been found dead, after triggering an avalanche which carried him more than a kilometer over the rocky terrain.

According to the latest figure from the the Davos-based Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research, nearly 2,000 people have lost their lives in almost 1,000 avalanches in the Swiss Alps and the Jura region since 1936.