7 Die in Avalanches in Italian Alps
4 were rescuers searching for victims
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Dec 28, 2009 1:50 AM CST
This Alpine rescue team lost four members to avalanches as they searched for missing skiers.   (AP)
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(Newser) – Seven people were killed in avalanches in the Italian Alps, including four rescuers who were searching for missing tourists skiing in the Trentino region. A government spokesman blamed the deaths on skiers' refusal to heed warnings about conditions. Officials had recently boosted the avalanche alert level.