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Italy rescue crews hold out hope of more hotel survivors

  • Firefighters work at the avalanche-hit hotel in Rigopiano, central Italy, Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017. Rescuers listened for signs of any more survivors, four days after an avalanche slammed into a resort hotel in Italy’s central Apennines mountains. Using saws, shovels and gloved hands, they advanced slowly through the wreckage in the search for some 23 missing guests and hotel workers and amid fears a fresh wall of snow could suddenly barrel down upon them. (Italian Firefighters Department via AP)

    Firefighters work at the avalanche-hit hotel in Rigopiano, central Italy, Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017. Rescuers listened for signs of any more survivors, four days after an avalanche slammed into a resort hotel in Italy‚Äôs central Apennines mountains. Using saws, shovels and gloved hands, they advanced slowly through the wreckage in the search for some 23 missing guests and hotel workers and amid fears a fresh wall of snow could suddenly barrel down upon them. (Italian Firefighters Department via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • A view of the interior of the avalanche-hit Rigopiano hotel, Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017. After two days huddled in freezing cold, tons of snow surrounding them in the wreckage of the avalanche-demolished hotel, survivors greeted their rescuers Friday as "angels." Among the 10 people pulled out alive was a plucky 6-year-old who just wanted her favorite cookies. (Corpo Nazionale Soccorso Alpino e Speleologico/The National Alpine Cliff and Cave Rescue Corps (CNSAS) via AP)

    A view of the interior of the avalanche-hit Rigopiano hotel, Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017. After two days huddled in freezing cold, tons of snow surrounding them in the wreckage of the avalanche-demolished hotel, survivors greeted their rescuers Friday as "angels." Among the 10 people pulled out alive was a plucky 6-year-old who just wanted her favorite cookies. (Corpo Nazionale Soccorso Alpino e Speleologico/The National Alpine Cliff and Cave Rescue Corps (CNSAS) via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this undated photo released Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017, rescuers work in the area of the avalanche-hit Rigopiano hotel, central Italy.  After two days huddled in freezing cold, tons of snow surrounding them in the wreckage of the avalanche-demolished hotel, survivors greeted their rescuers Friday as "angels." Among the 10 people pulled out alive was a plucky 6-year-old who just wanted her favorite cookies. (Corpo Nazionale Soccorso Alpino e Speleologico/The National Alpine Cliff and Cave Rescue Corps (CNSAS) via AP)

    In this undated photo released Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017, rescuers work in the area of the avalanche-hit Rigopiano hotel, central Italy. After two days huddled in freezing cold, tons of snow surrounding them in the wreckage of the avalanche-demolished hotel, survivors greeted their rescuers Friday as "angels." Among the 10 people pulled out alive was a plucky 6-year-old who just wanted her favorite cookies. (Corpo Nazionale Soccorso Alpino e Speleologico/The National Alpine Cliff and Cave Rescue Corps (CNSAS) via AP)  (The Associated Press)

Rescue crews digging through an Italian hotel buried in an avalanche say there could be additional survivors more than three days after tons of snow came barreling down a mountainside.

Rescuers told reporters in the central Apennine mountains on Sunday morning there are air pockets in some of the Hotel Rigopiano's wreckage. But they haven't been able to reach all those areas yet.

Nine survivors from the Wednesday evening avalanche were located in air pockets inside the crushed hotel on Friday. Rescue officials say there are other spaces where some of the 23 people still missing might be found alive.

Five bodies have been recovered from the hotel's wreckage.

Rain is making the snow heavy and complicating the manual rescue operation. Officials say the risk of fresh avalanches is high.