3 dead after avalanche hits French alps, officials say

Three people died after an avalanche struck the French Alpine ski resort of Bonneval-sur-Arc on Tuesday, officials say.

The Savoie prefecture said the avalanche struck around noon (6 a.m. EST), however did not give any details about the casualties’ identities.

The rescue operation ended in the afternoon and French authorities said the death toll is final.

French media reported that the victims included two men and a woman who were experience hikers.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.