11 Die in Austrian Avalanche

SALZBURG, Austria (AP) _ An avalanche south of Salzburg today killed at least 11 people, officials said, and rescuers were still looking for as many as three others who were believed buried.

The Austrian Red Cross said 10 bodies had been recovered by early evening, about four hours after the avalanche. One of two victims found alive, a Dane, died later in a hospital. Sketchy information on the victims indicated most had been skiing and snowboarding when the snow slide hit.

Seven helicopters were assisting 150 rescue personnel looking for the other victims in the Zell am See area, about 30 miles south of Salzburg, the Austria Press Agency said. Specially trained avalanche dogs, which can sniff out people buried in the snow, also were on the scene.

The snow slide came after sunshine followed morning rain.

It was the fourth major deadly avalanche in Austria in a little more than a year. Two snow slides on Feb. 23, 1999 in the region of Galtuer, in Tyrol, killed 38 people. In December, two more avalanches in Tyrolean skiing areas left an additional 11 people dead.