Rescue workers as of Friday evening have found 10 survivors after an avalanche destroyed a hotel in central Italy, according to the Associated Press.
A boy and his mother were pulled out of the debris at Hotel Rigopiano on Friday evening. Other survivors were located nearby and crews planned to work to free them, Reuters reported. Officials have confirmed the death of four people.
“There’s always hope. If there were no hope the rescuers wouldn’t give everything they’ve got,” Italian Department of Civil Protection official Fabrizio Curcio said to Reuters TV.
Officials estimated 30 people were inside the mountainside hotel when an avalanche swallowed the resort Wednesday afternoon.
A series of tremors preceded the avalanche, hitting central Italy early Wednesday with magnitudes ranging from 4.1 to 5.7, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
Heavy snows have socked the mountainous Abruzzo region this season, and rescue workers fought through a snowstorm to get to the resort. Helicopters transported some crew to the hotel, while others had to plow a fresh path to the wreckage through more than 15 feet of snow, according to Reuters.
Rescue workers did not arrive on the scene until 11 hours after the avalanche, which critics called too slow, prompting a court investigation, Reuters reported.