Rescuers are looking for two missing people after an avalanche in Austria

This photo taken on December 25, 2022 shows a covered rescue helicopter at the Lech Zurs ski resort after an avalanche in eastern Austria’s Zurs region allegedly caused the deaths of at least ten skiers. (Photo by Peter RINDERER / EXPA / AFP) / Austria AUS

The avalanche fell at around 15:00 (1400 GMT) at an altitude of 2,700 meters (8,858 ft) in the Lech Zurz ski area and is believed to have trapped around 10 skiers, police said.

Rescuers, assisted by helicopters and dogs, searched for survivors.

Eight people were found, two of them injured, the police said. One was able to free herself and be taken to the hospital.

“We still have no news of two people and are continuing the search,” said Hermann Fercher, head of the tourism association responsible for reporting on the rescue.

Officials had warned of high avalanche danger in the area over the weekend.

Avalanches have killed an average of around 20 people a year in Austria in recent years.