A tragic incident in the French Alps claims the lives of a 54-year-old British woman and her 22-year-old son in an avalanche on Mont Blanc.

A mother and her son from Britain are said to have lost their lives in the French Alps following an avalanche in the Mont Blanc mountain range. They were part of a group that had strayed far from the designated slopes while skiing with an instructor when the 400-meter wide avalanche occurred at an altitude of 2,300 meters near the ski resort of Saint-Gervais-les-Bains in Haute-Savoie on Wednesday. The Bonneville public prosecutor’s office reported that the 54-year-old woman and her 22-year-old son were skiing with other family members. The avalanche, which was suspected to have been triggered by a group of skiers higher up, also buried the instructor. However, he was quickly found as he was wearing an avalanche detector and only sustained minor injuries. Five other individuals managed to escape, including the deceased woman’s husband and father. An investigation has been launched by the mountain police to determine the circumstances surrounding the fatalities. The identities of the victims have not been disclosed. Jean-Luc Boch, the president of the Association of Mountain Station Mayors, emphasized that off-piste skiing is never without risk. He told FrenchInfo, “Zero risk doesn’t exist off-piste… there is always a risk weighing over you. Never forget that in the mountains security is the most important thing and you have to be extremely careful. Mountains, like the sea, are always stronger than us.” In a separate incident, a 31-year-old hiker who veered off the trail while attempting to observe chamois in the Écrins range near Grenoble fell 500 meters to his death.

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