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 Freeride World Champion Balet Killed in an Accident
Winter-sports | 20.04.2016

Swiss extreme athlete dies in an avalanche

Freeride World Champion Balet Killed in an Accident

Freeride World Champion Balet Killed in an Accident. Estelle Balet celebrated her World Champion title at the 2015 Freeride World Tour
Estelle Balet celebrated her World Champion title at the 2015 Freeride World Tour
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Estelle Balet, world champion of the Freeride World Tour 2015, has been caught and killed in an avalanche while filming in the Swiss mountains.

As reported by the Swiss media, the disaster occured on the mountain of Le Portalet, above the village of Orsières. It has now also been confirmed by the Valais cantonal police.  

The avalanche, up to a kilometer long, caught the 21-year-old and buried her beneath masses of snow. The World Tour world champion was equipped with an avalanche transceiver, an airbag, and a helmet. 

Balet was able to be retrieved even before the arrival of rescue workers, but immediate attempts at resusciation were unsuccessful. Nothing more regarding the details of the circumstances of the accident is yet known.


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