Seven Russian teens trapped by avalanche

March 3, 2013 at 8:11 AM

MUGUR-AKSY, Russia, March 3 (UPI) -- Crews were working Sunday to free seven teenagers believed trapped by an avalanche in southern Siberia, Russia's Interior Ministry said Sunday.

"According to available information, seven teenagers aged 16-17 who are pupils of a local secondary school could have been trapped in the avalanche," the Interior Ministry said.

The avalanche happened about 4 miles from the village of Mugur-Aksy in the Republic of Tyva.

A search and rescue operation was under way, RIA Novosti reported.

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