2 teens die in April avalanche in Romania

2017-04-22 19:50
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Bucharest - Romanian authorities say two teenagers have died in an avalanche in western Romania after the country was hit by a blast of wintry weather.

Emergency situations chief Raed Arafat said that rescue workers pulled the bodies of two youngsters, aged 13 and 14, out of the snow after the avalanche hit, but three others were not in danger.

He said the group was in the Retezat Mountains, an area popular with hikers 350km northwest of Bucharest. He didn't know whether they were hiking or skiing.

He says that they had been caught in the avalanche and "unfortunately they couldn't be saved".

Arafat said local authorities had warned about a high risk of avalanches, saying it was unsafe even to send a helicopter there.

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