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HELISKIERS DIE IN COULOIR FALL
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Two heliskiers including a guide have died in a fall while on a ski tour on the Swiss side of the Mont Blanc Massif above Orsières.


The accident happened at 10.45am on Tuesday.

A group of five ski tourers was dropped by helicopter on the Trient plateau, one of the areas authorised for heliskiing in the Valais canton.

They skinned up to the summit of Point d'Orny at 3,271 metres.

During the descent of a couloir of the Arpette glacier two of the group fell several hundred metres, according to a statement issued by the Valais Police.

They were a Swiss guide, aged 34, and a Frenchman.

The French skier has been named as Chris 'Bonux' Bonnet, who ran a sports shop, Adrenalin Point, in the the Métabief ski resort in the Jura mountains.

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Friends have been paying tribute to him on his Facebook page.

A helicopter rescue operation was mounted by Air-Glaciers/La Maison FXB du Sauvetage with a guide and a doctor on board.

However, both men were already dead.

The other skiers in the group were taken off the mountain.

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An investigation into the accident is underway.

In a separate incident on the French side of Mont Blanc, an American skier was lucky to survive with only minor injuries after falling 300 metres down a couloir.

It happened in the Col des Cristaux in Argentière near Chamonix.

The ski tourer was with two others who were unable to call for help because they had no telephone signal.

An eyewitness went to a refuge to alert the high mountain police (PGHM) of Chamonix and the man was airlifted to hospital in Sallanches by helicopter.

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