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Rescuers search for missing skier after Austrian avalanche

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Emergency service helicopters work to ferry rescue search workers to the scene of an avalanche which buried a group of skiers Saturday, in Reutte, Austria, Sunday Feb. 24, 2019.  Austrian authorities say a German man is still missing after an avalanche buried a group of skiers, killing one and injuring a second. (Extremwetter & News TV via AP)

BERLIN (AP) — Austrian authorities say a German man is still missing after an avalanche in Austria buried a group of backcountry skiers, killing one and injuring a second. Three other skiers were rescued unharmed.

The Austrian news agency APA reported Sunday that Austrian and German rescue teams and planes were looking for the missing 43-year-old man, but their search was complicated by the threat of new avalanches.

The six men had been on a backcountry tour through a forest near the Austrian town of Reutte on the German border when an avalanche buried them Saturday afternoon on a treeless stretch.

The missing man, the 42-year-old who died and the 37-year-old who was injured were all from Bavaria in southern Germany. It wasn't clear where the three unharmed men came from.

Rescue search workers are lowered to the ground suspended from a helicopter ferrying searchers to and from the scene of an avalanche that buried a group of skiers Saturday, in Reutte, Austria, Sunday Feb. 24, 2019.  Austrian authorities say a German man is still missing after an avalanche buried a group of skiers, killing one and injuring a second. (Extremwetter & News TV via AP)
Rescue search workers are suspended from a helicopter ferrying searchers to the scene of an avalanche that buried a group of skiers Saturday, in Reutte, Austria, Sunday Feb. 24, 2019.  Austrian authorities say a German man is still missing after an avalanche buried a group of skiers, killing one and injuring a second. (Extremwetter & News TV via AP)
Rescue search workers are lowered to the ground suspended from a helicopter ferrying searchers to and from the scene of an avalanche that buried a group of skiers Saturday, in Reutte, Austria, Sunday Feb. 24, 2019.  Austrian authorities say a German man is still missing after an avalanche buried a group of skiers, killing one and injuring a second. (Extremwetter & News TV via AP)
Rescue search workers are lowered to the ground suspended from a helicopter ferrying searchers to and from the scene of an avalanche that buried a group of skiers Saturday, in Reutte, Austria, Sunday Feb. 24, 2019. Austrian authorities say a German man is still missing after an avalanche buried a group of skiers, killing one and injuring a second. (Extremwetter & News TV via AP)
Rescue search workers are suspended from a helicopter ferrying searchers to the scene of an avalanche that buried a group of skiers Saturday, in Reutte, Austria, Sunday Feb. 24, 2019.  Austrian authorities say a German man is still missing after an avalanche buried a group of skiers, killing one and injuring a second. (Extremwetter & News TV via AP)
Rescue search workers are suspended from a helicopter ferrying searchers to the scene of an avalanche that buried a group of skiers Saturday, in Reutte, Austria, Sunday Feb. 24, 2019. Austrian authorities say a German man is still missing after an avalanche buried a group of skiers, killing one and injuring a second. (Extremwetter & News TV via AP)
Emergency service helicopters work to ferry rescue search workers to the scene of an avalanche which buried a group of skiers Saturday, in Reutte, Austria, Sunday Feb. 24, 2019.  Austrian authorities say a German man is still missing after an avalanche buried a group of skiers, killing one and injuring a second. (Extremwetter & News TV via AP)
Emergency service helicopters work to ferry rescue search workers to the scene of an avalanche which buried a group of skiers Saturday, in Reutte, Austria, Sunday Feb. 24, 2019. Austrian authorities say a German man is still missing after an avalanche buried a group of skiers, killing one and injuring a second. (Extremwetter & News TV via AP)