Multiple people missing in Swiss avalanche as rescue mission to find buried tourists launched

Europe Materials 31 March 2018 23:40 (UTC +04:00)

Multiple people are missing after an avalanche in Switzerland as a rescue mission to find buried tourists is launched, Mirror reported.

Many were reported 'carried away' by the avalanche in Fiesch in the Upper Vaiais.

Rescuers were initially unable to use helicopters in the search mission due to bad weather, Blick.ch reports.

The police were informed about the incident shortly before 5pm by a hiker who witnessed what happened.

The avalanche is said to have fallen between Fiesch and the Fiescheralp ski station.

Fiesch is a family-friendly resort described as an ideal starting point for excursions around the area of the Aletsch Glacier, the Goms Valley, over alpine passes and into the little town of Brig, according to myswitzerland.com.