4 Hikers Killed By Avalanche in France

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

TOULOUSE, France (AP) -- Authorities in southern France say an avalanche in the Pyrenees has killed four hikers.

The four died when a snow shelf gave way as they were climbing the Midi de Bigorre peak, officials in the town of Bagneres-de-Bigorre say. They were about 330 feet from the top of the peak when the shelf broke Thursday.

The climber's bodies were found overnight and evacuated by helicopter.

Officials say the victims include a 47-year-old man and his 24-year-old son. All four were residents of France's central Pyrenees region, officials said Friday.

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