Italy avalanche: Ten survivors found buried in hotel

Four bodies have been found so far.

Two other people escaped the devastation just before the avalanche struck, including Giampiero Parete, a chef vacationing with his family who first sounded the alarm by calling his boss.

Rescue workers continued to pull survivors from the wreckage of an Italian hotel more than three days after it was buried in a massive avalanche.

All nine survivors rescued so far were brought to hospital in Pescara.

Hospital officials told the Associated Press news agency they had symptoms of hypothermia and dehydration, but were otherwise in good health.

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A woman gets assistance after being pulled out from the hotel that was hit by an avalanche on Wednesday, in Rigopiano, central Italy, Friday, Jan. 20, 2017.

One boy who identified himself as Edoardo said he had been one of three children trapped, along with one woman, in the same room. The force of the snow reduced much of it to rubble and spread debris across the valley floor.

Four children and a woman were pulled out alive on Friday, and another four adults were extracted overnight as rescuers continued their frantic search for survivors of the disaster.

Firefighter spokesman Alberto Maiolo reported that along with the five adult survivors found so far (and now being treated), four new survivors have been found in the rubble and a total of 30 were believed to be trapped in the hotel.

Farindola Mayor Ilario Lacchetta said the hotel had 24 guests, four of them children, and 12 employees were onsite at the time of the avalanche.

Colder temperatures, chance of snow expected into the weekend
Renta said that between midnight and 6 a.m. tomorrow there is an 80 percent chance of either snow, sleet or freezing rain . The NWS advisory for a high risk of rip currents will remain in place until at least Saturday evening.

Two more people were rescued Saturday.

As well as the heavy snow, the region has also had to contend with several strong earthquakes - though it has not been confirmed whether the earthquakes set off the avalanches.

Prosecutors have opened a manslaughter investigation and were looking into whether the avalanche threat was taken seriously enough, and whether the hotel should have been evacuated earlier, given the heavy snowfall and forecasts.

One surviving hotel guest said everyone had checked out of the hotel but they were stuck there, waiting for the road leading away from the resort to be plowed so they could leave.

A auto covered in snow at Farindola, 7km from the Hotel Rigopiano. But the snowplow never arrived and the avalanche hit around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.

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