Avalanche kills skier in northern Italy: alpine rescue

ROME (Reuters) - A skier was killed in an avalanche on Saturday morning in the Dolomites near the ski resort of Cortina d'Ampezzo in northern Italy, Italy's alpine rescue corps said.

The victim was a 23-year-old Italian man who was skiing with a group, including his brother, when the avalanche hit, said the rescue corps spokesman, Walter Milan.   His body was retrieved by helicopter and taken to Cortina, a ski resort in the Veneto region, which was severely hit by the coronavirus outbreak that emerged in Italy in late February.

More than 30,000 people have died as a result of the coronavirus in Italy since the crisis started, the third highest death toll in the world.


(Reporting by Fabiano Franchitti; writing by Francesca Landini, editing by Ros Russell)