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4 dead in French Alps avalanche; 5 others being rescued

  • In this image taken from video, rescue personnel work at the site of an avalanche at Lavachet Wall in Tignes, France Monday Feb. 13, 2017.  French rescue workers say a number of  skiers have been killed in an avalanche in the French Alps near the resort of Tignes with others  being pulled out of the snow with shovels. (AP Photo)

    In this image taken from video, rescue personnel work at the site of an avalanche at Lavachet Wall in Tignes, France Monday Feb. 13, 2017. French rescue workers say a number of skiers have been killed in an avalanche in the French Alps near the resort of Tignes with others being pulled out of the snow with shovels. (AP Photo)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this image taken from video, rescue personnel work at the site of an avalanche at Lavachet Wall in Tignes, France, Monday Feb. 13, 2017.  French rescue workers say a number of skiers have been killed in an avalanche in the French Alps near the resort of Tignes. It occurred in an area popular among international skiers for its extensive slopes and stunning views, but no information was immediately available about the skiers' nationalities. (AP Photo)

    In this image taken from video, rescue personnel work at the site of an avalanche at Lavachet Wall in Tignes, France, Monday Feb. 13, 2017. French rescue workers say a number of skiers have been killed in an avalanche in the French Alps near the resort of Tignes. It occurred in an area popular among international skiers for its extensive slopes and stunning views, but no information was immediately available about the skiers' nationalities. (AP Photo)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this image taken from video, rescue personnel work at the site of an avalanche at Lavachet Wall in Tignes, France, Monday Feb. 13, 2017.  French rescue workers say a number of skiers have been killed in an avalanche in the French Alps near the resort of Tignes. It occurred in an area popular among international skiers for its extensive slopes and stunning views, but no information was immediately available about the skiers' nationalities. (AP Photo)

    In this image taken from video, rescue personnel work at the site of an avalanche at Lavachet Wall in Tignes, France, Monday Feb. 13, 2017. French rescue workers say a number of skiers have been killed in an avalanche in the French Alps near the resort of Tignes. It occurred in an area popular among international skiers for its extensive slopes and stunning views, but no information was immediately available about the skiers' nationalities. (AP Photo)  (The Associated Press)

French rescue workers say four people have been killed in an avalanche in the French Alps and five survivors are being pulled out of the snow.

The Republican Company for Alps Security in the town of Albertville said the group of nine had been skiing off piste near the Tignes ski resort when the avalanche hit Monday. The group said the five survivors are "in the process of being extracted" from the snow.

No information was immediately available about the skiers' nationalities.

The incident occurred in an area popular among international skiers for its extensive slopes and stunning views.