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Italy avalanche: 'They called us angels' say rescuers

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Rome, January 21, AZERTAC

Ten people who have miraculously been found alive in the wreckage of a mountain hotel that was struck by a massive avalanche managed to survive two nights of sub-zero temperatures because the snow insulated them "like an igloo," Italian rescuers say.

According to Telegraph, the survivors, including four children, were found after tendrils of smoke emerged from the small attic space in which they had taken refuge when the 300-yard wide avalanche all but swept away the four star Rigopiano Hotel in the Apennine mountains on Wednesday.

Video footage released by rescuers showed eight-year-old Gianfilippo Parete, wearing blue snow trousers and a matching ski shirt, emerging from the structure and crews mussing his hair in celebration. His mother Romanian-born Adriana Vranceanu was pulled free at the same time.

On Friday night the couple’s six-year-old daughter, Ludovica, was also reported to have been rescued.

Emergency services initially refused to believe there had been an avalanche and it was not until two hours later that rescuers were mobilised - a delay which is now subject to an official investigation.

wo bodies have so far been recovered from the wreckage.

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