BREAKING: At Least 4 DEAD- 5 Missing In MASSIVE Avalanche- Here’s The Details

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At least four snowboarders were killed in a huge avalanche Monday in the French Alps near the resort of Tignes, and rescuers say their may be at least 5 more people buried beneath the snow.

The chances of finding any survivors among those five “are slim.”

The rush of snow near the Tignes resort measured nearly 1,300 feet long and 330 feet wide. A separate group of skiers reportedly triggered the avalanche Monday morning, according to Sky News.

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The area is popular for its extensive slopes and stunning views.

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“We lament the four deceased victims and we think there will be only four … The search continues. It was an avalanche of a huge scale,” Albertville Deputy Prefect Nicolas Martrenchard said.

An Alps Security rescue worker said the bodies of the four dead had been retrieved by early afternoon. He said the five other skiers have been located and were “in the process of being extracted” from the snow. The rescuer, who was not authorized to be publicly named, said it is unclear whether all five were still alive.

Officials said the four people who died were a 49-year-old instructor, a 48-year-old father, his 15-year-old son and a 19-year-old half-brother — all believed to be French. They were not immediately named.

They had been walking — snowboards in hand — with a guide near the main Tignes slopes when the avalanche hit, Martrenchard said, adding that they were equipped with locator devices.

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Two of those who died were initially pulled out alive, Sky News added.

The resort area, not far from the Italian border, was world-renowned for its extensive slopes and dramatic views. Tignes recently claimed it attracted nearly 500,000 vacationers each year.

About 40 people were working on the rescue, which involved helicopters, ski instructors and sniffer dogs. The skiers were hit at an altitude of roughly 6,900 feet.

Our hearts and prayers go out to all those involved.

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(h/t FOX)

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