US teen missing in avalanche while skiing with Swiss school
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An American teen studying at an exclusive Swiss boarding school is missing, presumed dead after being buried in a 2,500-foot-wide avalanche during a school skiing trip.
The $70,000-a-year Ecole d’Humanité confirmed to The Times of London that a US national was still missing after another pupil she was with, an 18-year-old Briton, was found dead in Meiringen.
“The official search for the second student, who was from the USA, had to be interrupted at around 7.30 p.m. [Tuesday] and was continued the next day,” the school said.
“We regret this terrible accident and are deeply saddened.”
Police in Bern confirmed the death and ongoing search of the pair buried in the avalanche at around 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Gstelliwang slope close to the school in the Bernese Alps.
Neither school officials nor cops identified either pupil. Social media posts identifying an 18-year-old girl from a Colorado ski town have yet to be corroborated.
One family friend claimed cops found the backpack of the missing girl, who is not being identified by The Post until her identity is confirmed.
Rescuers told her parents — who do not appear to have commented on the reports — that “there is no chance of survival” and the girl was “conclusively killed,” the reported friend wrote online.
The “massive” avalanche was up to 50 feet deep, the friend claimed.
The school told the UK Times that both buried students were in a party of 12, including three other students and a mountain guide. They were first to ski down, triggering the avalanche in their wake.
“The very experienced group had taken the necessary precautions for a ski tour in advance,” the school said.
“In particular, the current avalanche bulletin was taken into account and all persons were equipped with avalanche transceivers.
“Despite these measures, an avalanche broke loose and buried two students,” the school said.
“We extend our heartfelt condolences and sympathy to all students, their families and relatives.”