>> Two days after a devastating avalanche, four more people pulled alive from the wreckage of this mountain side hotel in central Italy. Nine survivors have been rescued since Wednesday's tragedy. Four, two men and two women were found alive overnight Friday. Firefighters digging for hours to reach them. Moving cautiously for for fear buried air pockets might collapse.
Four children and a woman were saved earlier on Friday. Dug out from under tons of snow and debris. The death toll has now risen to five. Three bodies recovered in the early hours of Saturday morning. There were around 30 people inside when a tsunami of snow smashed into the hotel on Wednesday.
Around 15 are still unaccounted for. The weather, not making the rescue team's job any easier.>> It's still snowing here since about 4 am in this night and the temperature is pretty cold. We are minus two, about.>> Relatives waiting outside a local hospital for any news of their loved ones.
> This man, whose son is still missing, complains the authorities were too slow to act. The disaster came hours after a series of tremors hit the region including a 5.7 magnitude quake. The crush of snow initially hampered rescue efforts. Paths to the scene had to be cut through drifts.
Some responders had to arrive by helicopter. The rescuers base camp at a town some 10 kilometers away. It took 11 hours for the first teams to arrive. Now they are there, rescuers plan to work night and day until everyone is accounted for.