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NF Reporter 01-20-2017 12:35 PM

Four children and woman rescued, two days after Italy avalanche Antonio Denti PENNE, Italy - Four children and a woman were pulled clear on Friday from the wreckage of a mountain hotel in central Italy flattened two days earlier by an avalanche, the national fire service said.

Four children and woman rescued, two days after Italy avalanche

waltky 01-25-2017 02:35 AM

Help called for before avalanche...
Hotel director called for help hours before Italian avalanche
Tue January 24, 2017 - Reports: Prosecutors launch probe after hotel director asked authorities to intervene; Death toll at Rigopiano Hotel reaches 14 dead, with 15 people still missing

With 14 people now dead after an avalanche wrecked an Italian hotel, news reports emerged that its director urgently called for assistance just hours before disaster struck last week. In an email to local officials, the director said guests at the Rigopiano Hotel were "terrified," roads were blocked due to heavy snow and phones were out of service. Prosecutors investigating the disaster are now examining his call for help.
An aerial view shows the roof and top floor of the three-story Hotel Rigopiano buried in snow after the avalanche struck at the foot of Gran Sasso mountain in central Italy

The Reuters news agency reported Tuesday that rescuers recovered five bodies -- three men and two women -- hours before the first funerals for those killed were due to be held. The recovery brought the death toll to 14, according to Italy's national fire brigade, with 15 still missing. Eleven people have been rescued.

'We ask you to intervene'

The four-star hotel at the foot of the Gran Sasso mountain about 135 kilometers (85 miles) northeast of Rome was buried in snow Wednesday after a series of earthquakes. Bruno Di Tommaso, director of the hotel, sent an email to provincial authorities in Pescara -- the main town in the area -- plus the local police and mayor of nearby Farindola after 2 p.m. Wednesday, according to the Italian news agency ANSA. Di Tommaso was not at the hotel at the time. The avalanche hit later around 4.30 p.m. Wednesday.

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