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Skier, Rescuer Die in Italy

March 6, 2000

LUCCA, Italy (AP) _ A volunteer rescuer plunged to his death Monday as he tried to reach two skiers _ one of them already dead _ trapped in a gully in the Tuscan mountains.

Roberto Nobili, 45, a doctor and mayor of the small town Piazza al Serchio, headed out to search for the Italian skiers late Sunday as part of a volunteer alpine rescue team. At about 2 a.m., he slipped on a sheet of ice and plunged 800 feet to his death.

Alessio Spinelli, 29, died before rescuers could reach him. His friend, Cristiano Alberti, 32, was hospitalized in serious condition in Lucca, Tuscany.

The two skiers were near the 5,600-foot summit of central Italy’s Mount Pania when they lost their balance and fell down a cliff. Relatives reported them missing late Sunday.

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