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World champion snowboarder Estelle Balet killed in Swiss avalanche

World champion snowboarder Estelle Balet killed in Swiss avalanche

A world champion snowboarder was killed in an avalanche Tuesday morning while filming a movie in the Swiss Alps.

Rescuers quickly uncovered Estelle Balet, but attempts to resuscitate her were unsuccessful and she died on the scene in the mountains above Orsieres, a municipality near the French and Italian borders, state police said.

"According to preliminary results, the slope was covered by a first person and then when Estelle Balet [went] down the corridor with her snowboard, a snow slide was triggered and carried her off," authorities said.

The 21-year-old was wearing a helmet, an avalanche transceiver and an air bag.

"This is very sad...

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