Ten missing after Mont Blanc avalanche

August 24, 2008 7:06:22 AM PDT
French authorities say 10 people are missing after a pre-dawn avalanche on the northern face of Mont Blanc, western Europe's highest mountain. They include five Austrians and three Swiss. Another eight people were injured and taken to nearby hospitals. The avalanche was set off by a falling block of ice at around 3 a.m. Sunday.

Three helicopters, dozens of rescue workers, doctors, Alpine guides and sniffer dogs have joined a vast search.

Authorities in France's Haute-Savoie region said in a statement that the nationalities of the other two people missing were currently unknown.

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