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France Avalanche Kills 4 at Tignes Alps Ski Resort

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Rescue personnel work at the site of an avalanche at Lavachet Wall in Tignes, France, Monday Feb. 13, 2017. (Victor Diwisch via AP)

By    |   Monday, 13 Feb 2017 02:25 PM

An avalanche in France on Monday left at least four people dead at Tignes ski resort and a search is underway for any other victims.

Reports initially said five others were missing after the nearly quarter mile-wide avalanche around 10:35 a.m., but officials later revised the statement and don't believe any other people were involved, CNN reported.

Still, 40 to 50 rescuers as well as search dogs worked to make sure there are no other victims.

The four victims, who were walking with snowboards when the avalanche hit, have been identified as a ski instructor, 59-year-old Laurent Ruiz, and three family members, a 48-year-old French man, his 15-year-old son, and the boy’s 19-year-old half-brother, The Guardian reported.

Several other people were supposed to be with the group but they didn't show up, The Guardian said. A fifth snowboarder who was with the victims shortly before the avalanche was being interviewed.

The avalanche "was believed to have been set off by a group of skiers higher up the mountain," The Guardian reported.

Before the deadly avalanche, the Alps and Pyrenees had seen 13 other ski accidents this winter, with three people losing their lives.

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