Avalanches in Austrian Alps kill at least six
At least six people have died in two separate avalanches in the Austrian Alps, police say.
Five people, believed to be Czech nationals, were killed in the mountainous Dachstein region, about 80km (50 miles) south-east of Salzburg.
They were caught while on a snowshoeing trip when the avalanche hit about 2,800m (9,200ft) up, police said.
In a separate incident, a 33-year-old police officer died in an avalanche in the southern Carinthia region.
"The avalanche happened on the northern side of the Dachstein, just under the entry point Rankluft," the head of operations for the local mountain rescue team, Heribert Eisl, said.
Seven helicopters were used to transport some 150 rescuers to the site to help search for those missing, Mr Eisl said.
"We mobilised all our staff, but unfortunately there was no happy ending," Mr Eisl added.