Glacier plunges into Italian Alps, 5 dead: rescuers

The glacier collapsed on Mount Marmolada.

Rome, Italy:

An avalanche triggered by the collapse of the largest glacier in the Italian Alps killed at least five people and injured eight others on Sunday, an emergency services spokeswoman said.

“Unfortunately, five people were found lifeless,” Michela Canova told AFP, saying the eight injured “remained a preliminary count”. The glacier collapsed on Mount Marmolada, the highest in the Italian Dolomites.

“Unfortunately, five people were found lifeless,” Michela Canova told AFP, saying the eight injured “remain a preliminary count”. The glacier collapsed on Mount Marmolada, the highest in the Italian Dolomites.

Two of the injured were taken to hospital in Belluno, another in more serious condition was taken to Trevise and five to Trento, she said.

Canova did not specify the nationalities of the victims.

Helicopters were shuffled to participate in the rescue operation and to monitor the situation from the air.

“An avalanche of snow, ice and rocks hit an access path at a time when there were several roped groups, some of whom were swept away,” Canova said. “The total number of climbers involved is not yet known,” she added.

The Marmolada Glacier is the largest glacier in the Dolomites, which is part of the Italian Alps and is located on the north side of Marmolada.

The glacier feeds the Avisio River and overlooks Lake Fedaia.

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