Who was Jean-Vincent Moix and David? Wiki, Biography, Age, Froze to Death | Report

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Jean-Vincent Moix and his brother David are believed to have frozen to death after being caught in a catastrophic storm close to the Tete Blanche mountain on Saturday afternoon. Another brother, a cousin and an uncle were also killed in the tragedy and a sixth person is still missing. Rescuers said the group had tried to make a snow cave to shelter from the elements but ultimately slipped into unconsciousness and died amid exposure to the freezing weather. Colleagues of Jean-Vincent, including the mayor of Vex – where the deceased had only recently been elected as a councillor – paid tribute to him today. The former private banker, who was also educated at the University of Westminster in London, was a keen mountaineer and had decided to switch careers. Mayor Sebastien Menoud said: ‘It is such a huge tragedy to lose a colleague on the local council.

‘Our thoughts are with him, his family and those around him and we express our deepest condolences to them. One knows that it is an immeasurable pain that his family is now confronted with. ‘We would like to take some of that pain away from them, even if we can’t do too much and we know that we can’t bring the deceased back. ‘In the office at the town hall on Monday there were a lot of tears but there were also people who didn’t know anything about the weekend’s drama.’ Christian Varone, head of Valais cantonal police, told reporters that rescue workers had pulled out all the stops to try to reach the stranded skiers but faced horrendous conditions. ‘We were trying the impossible,’ he said, adding that the mission had pushed its efforts ‘to the extreme, extreme limit’, but were forced to turn around to avoid ‘seriously endangering the lives of the rescue workers’. ‘Sometimes you have to bow before nature.’

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Truffer confirmed that emergency services received a distress signal from one of the skiers at around 5:19pm local time on Saturday. This, he said, gave rescuers a rough location in the Col de Tete Blanche, whose peak stands at 12,160ft above sea level. Mr Truffer told Swiss outlet Blick that the weather was so bad that flying in to rescue the skiers simply wasn’t an option. He said there were ‘very strong winds, heavy snow, high avalanche danger, and zero visibility’ which would leave rescuers ‘dead in two minutes’. He added that when the group left Zermatt, the bad weather conditions were already known and he believes that the skiers were caught in the storm rather than struck by an avalanche. With helicopters unable to brave the storm, five rescuers had tried to reach the rough location on foot from Zermatt, but they too were forced to turn back at an altitude of 9,840ft due to the bad weather, according to local media reports.

On Sunday, a team consisting of two rescue workers, a doctor and a mountain police officer, was finally able to be dropped off by helicopter nearby, police said. ‘At around 9:20 pm, it reached the Tete Blanche sector, where it discovered the bodies of five of the six people who were missing,’ it said in a statement. The search is continuing for the last member of the group. ‘As long as there is hope we will keep going… while remaining realistic in view of the conditions this person has been in for the past 48 hours,’ Varone said.

Fredy-Michel Roten from the Valais Rescue Organisation told local press that six private rescue helicopters and two Swiss army Super Puma choppers are participating in the rescue mission along with dozens of specialist mountaineers. Valais lead prosecutor Beatrice Pilloud told reporters that an investigation had been launched to determine the circumstances surrounding the incident. Zermatt is a popular mountain resort renowned for skiing and attracts tourists from around the world. Tete Blanche in particular is very popular with ski tourers who are attracted by the region’s renowned landscape and the challenging terrain it offers. The region hosts the esteemed Patrouille des Glaciers race, which sees ski tourers traverse a route from Zermatt through Arolla and on to Verbier. But the area is notoriously difficult to navigate during periods of poor visibility, and has proven fatal for even highly experienced skiers and mountaineers. Nearly five years ago, tragedy struck when 14 members from two ski touring parties became disoriented amidst a fierce storm on treacherous slopes. The ensuing rescue operation endured for almost 21 gruelling hours before reaching the stranded groups. Seven people died, while the rest were evacuated with varying degrees of injury.

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