Sunday 4th March 2018, six major avalanches were reported in the department. In the Mont-Blanc massif, the balance sheet is the heaviest...
According to Le Dauphine, in the Loriaz area: the avalanche of Rand, above the village church, hit a group of three Belgian skiers, members of the same family, supervised by a guide.
According to the Chamonix PGHM who intervened on the spot, two of them were carried away by the avalanche and jumped a rock ridge of 100 to 200 meters.
An investigation for manslaughter
One of them was found dead, unburied: «He had his face in the snow but was visible, we saw him immediately», said Stéphane Bozon, commander of PGHM in Chamonix.
The other skier suffers from severe back trauma due to the violence of the fall and was hospitalized in Sallanches, aboard the gendarmerie helicopter.
The third skier and the guide have been spared by the avalanche and are unscathed. Remained both above the rocky ridge, the guide was not equipped to cross it, so they were unable to offer help to the two victims.
An investigation has been opened by the prosecutor of Bonneville (Haute-Savoie) for manslaughter and entrusted to the Chamonix PGHM to determine the circumstances of this drama.