More rescuers sent to rescue 3 trapped in Tibet avalanche

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A fourth group of rescuers is scheduled to be sent to the Yarlung Tsangpo River Canyon in west China's Tibet autonomous region to aid in the rescue of three people who have been trapped in the canyon for 12 days following an avalanche.

The eight-member team will be sent to the site at 5 a.m. Saturday, according to the local emergency rescue headquarters.

Sun Huitao and Wei Feng, a pair of tourists from central China's Henan province, entered the canyon without permission at 11 a.m. on April 19 with five local residents of Mainling county.

An avalanche occurred in the canyon at 3 p.m. on April 30, killing two people and injuring two others. Sun, who managed to escape the avalanche, made his way back to town and reported the incident on May 4.

The local headquarters has dispatched three rescue groups totaling 66 people since the incident was reported, although severe weather and rough geological conditions have hampered rescue efforts.

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