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Five of six missing skiers found dead in Switzerland, police say

Five of six missing skiers found dead in Switzerland, police say
A handout photo made available by Valais Cantonal Police shows Mountain rescuers and helicopters prepare to fly to the Tete Blanche mountain in the Swiss alps mountains, near Sion, Switzerland, 10 March 2024 (issued 11 March 2024). Five cross-country skiers who went missing during a ski tour in Switzerland were found dead in the night, while a search was still on for the sixth skier. The skiers, five of them members of the same family, went missing around Tete Blanche mountain on Saturday 09 March on the Zermatt-Arolla path, near the Matterhorn mountain that straddles the border between Switzerland and Italy. EPA-EFE/VALAIS CANTONAL POLICE / HANDOUT HANDOUT; NO SALES; DARF NUR MIT VOLLSTAENDIGER QUELLENANGABE VERWENDET WERDEN HANDOUT

March 11 (Reuters) - Five cross-country skiers who went missing during a ski tour in Switzerland were found dead, while a search was still on for the sixth skier, police said in a statement on Monday.

The skiers, five of them members of the same family, went missing around Tete Blanche mountain on Saturday on the Zermatt-Arolla path, near the Matterhorn mountain that straddles the border between Switzerland and Italy.

The bodies were discovered on Sunday in Tête Blanche sector, police said.

The skiers were between the ages of 21 and 58, according to an earlier police statement. Five belonged to one family from the Valais canton, while a sixth person is from the canton of Fribourg.

Police did not reveal the identity of those who were found dead.

Zermatt is a popular mountain resort renowned for skiing and attracts tourists from around the world.

(Reporting by Gursimran Kaur in Bengaluru; Editing by Jamie Freed and Stephen Coates)

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