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Police launch hunt for 4-year-old and toddler missing in Valencia

The Guardia Civil have launched a desperate hunt for two young children on Thursday afternoon after they were reported missing in the town of Godella in Spain’s eastern Valencia region.

Police launch hunt for 4-year-old and toddler missing in Valencia
File photo of a Guardia Civil police car not related to the story. Photo: Javier Soriano/AFP

The search was launched when a neighbour called 112 to report seeing a man with blood on him chasing after his wife.

Police patrol cars went to the property and questioned the couple – who are parents of two young children aged around four and two years old – and took them both into custody.

They then launched a hunt of nearby areas to find the children. Local newspaper Las Provincias reported that blood had been found during the search.

Sniffer dogs were deployed in the search.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Two mountaineers killed and 9 injured in ice fall in Swiss mountains

A Frenchwoman and a Spaniard were killed and nine other mountaineers were injured on Friday in an ice fall in southwest Switzerland, police said following a rescue attempt involving several helicopters.

Two mountaineers killed and 9 injured in ice fall in Swiss mountains

Police received calls at 6.20 am reporting that mountaineers had been caught up in falling seracs — columns of glacial ice formed by crevasses — on the Grand Combin, a glacial massif near the Italian border in the Wallis region.

Seven helicopters with mountain rescue experts flew to the scene, finding 17 mountaineers split among several groups.

“Two people died at the scene of the accident,” Wallis police said in a statement. They were a 40-year-old Frenchwoman and a 65-year-old man from Spain.

Nine mountaineers were airlifted to hospitals in nearby Sion and in Lausanne. Two of them are seriously injured, police said.

Other mountaineers were evacuated by helicopter.

The regional public prosecutor has opened an investigation “to determine the circumstances of this event”, the police said.

The serac fall happened at an altitude of 3,400 metres in the Plateau de Dejeuner section along the Voie du Gardien ascent route.

The Grand Combin massif has three summits above 4,000 metres, the highest of which is the Combin de Grafeneire at 4,314 metres.

The police issued a note of caution about setting off on such high-altitude expeditions.

“When the zero-degree-Celsius isotherm is around 4,000 metres above sea level, it is better to be extra careful or not attempt the route if in doubt,” Wallis police said.

“The golden rule is to find out beforehand from the mountain guides about the chosen route and its current feasibility.”

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