January 20, 2017 / 10:56 AM / 3 years ago

Six people found alive under avalanche that hit Italian hotel: rescuers

A still image taken from a video shows firefighters working at Hotel Rigopiano in Farindola, central Italy, after it was hit by an avalanche, January 20, 2017 provided by Italy's Fire Fighters.Vigili del Fuoco/Handout via REUTERS

ROME (Reuters) - Six people have been found alive under the avalanche that hit an Italian mountain hotel almost two days ago and rescuers are working to free them from the snow, fire brigade spokesman Luca Cari said on Friday.

“They are alive and we are talking to them,” Cari told Reuters by telephone, speaking from the scene.

Up to 30 people were reported missing after the avalanche destroyed the hotel in central Italy on Wednesday afternoon. So far two bodies have been found and Italian media said two other bodies had been located.

Reporting by Valentina Za, writing by Gavin Jones; Editing by Crispian Balmer

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