8 foreigners caught in Japan avalanche

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Eight people have been caught in an avalanche while backcountry skiing near a resort in Japan's Hokkaido.

One person is reportedly unconscious, and in a critical condition. 

Police have still not confirmed earlier media reports if the whole group was French.

The group of six men and two women was skiing off-piste, when the avalanche struck mid-afternoon at the Tomamu resort.

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