Kiwi killed in French Alps avalanche

A New Zealander is among six skiers who died after being carried away by an avalanche during a trek in the French Alps.

One News today reported that New Zealander Carol Nash-Hamilton, 58, died in the avalanche on Saturday.

Ms Nash was born in New Zealand but had lived in France since the early 90s, and the mother-of-one ran a physiotherapy and osteopathy clinic, the programme reported.

The six skiers died after the avalanche hit near the town of Ceillac in the Queyras Massif.

Search and Rescue teams including 18 searchers, two dog handlers, and a helicopter began their search for the skiers yesterday afternoon.

All six bodies were found this morning.

Today a Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Mfat) spokesman said it was aware of media reports that Ms Nash had died in the avalanche over the weekend.

"The New Zealand Embassy in Paris has followed up with the local French authorities who have confirmed the death of Carol Nash," he said.

The ministry was in contact with Ms Nash's family, who had requested privacy, he said.


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