Foreign skier dies, another rescued after avalanche hits Gulmarg  

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By Fast Kashmir on 18/01/2018.

How skiers were allowed despite avalanche warning, asks Omar  

Srinagar, Jan 18: A foreign tourist died on Thursday while another was rescued after an avalanche struck the world famous ski-resort, Gulmarg in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district, officials said.

Officials according to the KNS correspondent, Iqbal Amin said that a Swedish tourist, identified as Daniel was killed while another went missing after the avalanche struck near second phase of Gandola cable car project on Affarwat peak.

“Two tourists came under the avalanche and one of them was so far evacuated to nearby hospital by the rescuers where he was declared brought dead,” they informed.

Soon after the avalanche, police launched a search operation and rescued the missing skier identified as Benjamin Asbers, resident of Sweden.

Meanwhile, former chief minister and National Conference’s working president, Omar Abdullah asked how were the two skiers allowed to ski despite an avalanche warning, terming it as very unfortunate.

“Very unfortunate. How were these skiers allowed to ski off piste considering that avalanche warnings had been issued 24 hours ago?,” Omar tweeted. (KNS)