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Winchester teen killed in avalanche named

A 16-year-old from Hampshire who died in an Austrian avalanche has been named.

Cameron Bespolka from Winchester died at the resort of Lech Am Arlberg after being buried under the snow.

The schoolboy was one of triplets holidaying in Austria with their father, who suffered serious injuries and was airlifted to hospital.

The brothers and their dad were taking part in a skiiing lesson with an instructor when the snow fell on Tuesday at 1.30pm.


Ski instructor 'will face criminal investigation'

A teenager who was killed in an avalanche while skiing in Austria with his family was from Winchester in Hampshire, police said.

The 16-year-old boy was buried under an avalanche at the resort of Lecham Arlberg. His father is seriously injured and his twin brother is reported to be uninjured.

A police spokesman said:" The father and his boy were buried. The ski guide was able to get away from the avalanche and immediately after he called rescue teams. He then started trying to free the two who were buried. The rescue team finally rescued the father and got the boy out some time later."

Austrian police said the instructor who was giving them a ski lesson will face criminal investigation.

British teen 'killed in front of twin' in avalanche

A British teenager is reported to have been killed in an avalanche in front of his twin brother while skiing in Austria, according to the Evening Standard.

The 16-year-old is thought to have been engulfed in the snow along with his father and a ski guide in the resort of Lech am Arlberg.

The 51-year-old father of the twins is believed to have been pulled alive, but was badly injured and flown to hospital, while the 16-year-old reportedly died at the scene.

British teen 'killed in avalanche' in Austrian Alps

Library image of ski resort Lech am Arlberg, Austria. Credit: Patrick van Katwijk/DPA/Press Associatio

A British teenager has reportedly been killed in an avalanche at the Austian resort of Lech am Arlberg, according to local media agency HNA.

The Foreign Office said: “We can confirm the death of a British national and the hospitalisation of a British national on 17 December in Austria. We are providing consular assistance to the family at this difficult time.”

Skier's body recovered from under 13 feet of snow

The Leader of the Glencoe Mountain Rescue Team has said his team were lucky to uncover the body of a skier who was killed by an avalanche, because it was buried under 13 feet of snow and ice.

John Grieve thanked volunteers who helped to recover Daniel Maddox's body from under the snow.

We were digging through a mixture of snow, ice and stones that had come down so it was quite hard going.

We ended up with about 50 people out there today, with the assistance of two walkers who helped us when we were digging the trenches.

Two other skiers, who had actually been caught up in another avalanche in the same place a couple of years ago and survived also came to help with the search, as well as the RAF Mountain Rescue Team from Lossiemouth.

– John Grieve, Glencoe Mountain Rescue Team


Missing skier 'unlikely' to be alive

The skier who has gone missing in the Scottish Highlands after getting caught up in an avalanche is "unlikely" to be alive, according to a rescuer.

John Grieve, leader of Glencoe Mountain Team, added: "The avalanche has actually gone into a gully, and in some places the snow is about 40ft deep.

"Our guys have been out digging deep trenches and probing from there, as our poles are obviously not long enough to do it from the surface of the snow.

"The missing man is an extremely experienced skier... we will continue looking until we find him."

Search for missing skier set to resume in Scotland

File picture of a climber in the mountains at Glencoe, towards Bidean Nam Bian. Credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The search for a missing skier in the Scottish Highlands is to resume at first light.

The experienced off-piste skier is believed to have been caught up in an avalanche near the Glencoe Ski Centre.

Around 30 people were involved in the search operation yesterday.

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