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article image6 Russian tourists & 2 skiers die in Fiemme Valley, Italy (video)

By Anne Sewell     Jan 6, 2013 in World
In just two days, six Russian tourists were killed and two injured in a snowmobile accident and two Italian skiers have died in an avalanche, on Mount Cermis in the Fiemme Valley of northern Italy.
On Friday, six people from southern Russia died and two were wounded in a snowmobile accident in the Italian Alps when their vehicle tipped over and fell 100 meters down a steep ski slope. Russian news reports said the snowmobile was pulling a sled, which is where most of the passengers were sitting.
While most of the party were tourists, one survivor and one of the deceased worked for a tourist company in Italy. It is believed that the party may have taken a wrong turn, heading down an unlit and difficult black piste instead of the easier route that was intended.
Reportedly It took investigators three hours to find all the bodies as they landed some distance away from each other and were hidden in snow.
The names of the deceased have been released as follows:
Denis Kravchenko, 17; his mother Irina Kravchenko, 47; Vyacheslav Sleptsov, 54; Rafilya Pshenichnaya, 54; Yulia and Lyudmila Yudina, wife and daughter of survivor Boris Yudin.
Survivors of the incident are Boris Yudin and driver Azat Agafarov, who were both taken to hospital by helicopter.
According to Euronews in the video above, the Russians reportedly asked permission to use the snowmobile on the slope, but were not given it.
Avalanche kills two skiers:
Just one day after the incident, an avalanche has killed two skiers in the same area. The bodies of the two men, both of whom were reportedly expert skiers and one of whom was working at an Alpine police training center, were found buried in snow on Sunday morning.
According to meteorologists, a recent increase in temperatures and high winds has heightened the risk of avalanches in the area.
There will be more news on the second incident as it comes in.
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