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  • 28 December 2013, 22:59

Irish Skier Killed In Switzerland Avalanche

A 27-year-old Irish man has died after he was buried under three metres of snow during an avalanche in the Swiss Alps.

The man, who has not been identified but was staying in Zurich, was reported missing by his girlfriend and his body was discovered near Realp by Swiss police.

Alpine Rescue Switzerland told the Irish Independent newspaper he had been swept more than 500 metres by the avalanche.

He is thought to have been cross-country skiing at the time.

Poor weather conditions prevented search and rescue teams being deployed and the man's body was not found until Friday when a helicopter was brought in.

Authorities are investigating whether the avalanche was triggered by falling ice. The area was experiencing heavy snow and strong winds at the time the man disappeared.

The Department of Foreign Affairs said it was providing consular assistance to the victim's family.

He is thought to have been one of a group skiing in the Uri province.

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