Gulmarg avalanche kills Swiss national, 5 rescued

Written by PTI | Srinagar | Updated: Jan 25 2014, 00:04am hrs
A Swiss national was today killed while five of his associates were rescued after they were struck by an avalanche during skiing in the famous ski resort of Gulmarg in Jammu and Kashmir.

The deceased has been identified as Arno Roy.

The avalanche hit the Gulmarg tourist resort between Kongdoori and Afferwath when the group of six skiers from Switzerland was enjoying the sport on the slopes this afternoon, police said.

Police said Roy was among three tourists who were trapped in the snow and was later found dead by the rescuers.

The other tourists escaped with minor bruises and were rescued by local authorities, the police said.

Kashmir Valley including Gulmarg, a star attraction for tourists, experienced heavy snowfall early this week.