Italy: Last selfie taken by father, 27, before he died in an avalanche

Filippo Bari

Filippo Bari, 27, had texted his parents and brother saying: ‘Look where I am’ (Image: AP/Reuters/Newsflash)

This is the smiling final selfie of a young climber who died moments later when a glacier collapse in Italy triggered an avalanche.

Tributes were paid to father Filippo Bari, 27, who was one of seven people killed and eight injured on the 10,968-foot Mount Marmolada.

He sent his family a message with the picture on Sunday, saying: “Look where I am”.

But soon tragedy struck and brother Andrea and parents Emanuela and Giuseppe heard nothing more from him.

Filippo wears a climbing helmet and sunglasses as he poses behind the mountainside with a big grin.

He was a passionate climber and visited the highest mountain in the Dolomites with friends.

The builder, who lived in Malo with partner Jelena and son Filippo, 4, was set to take over Monte Rosa this week.

Andrea Bari said of his brother: “Filippo was a great lover of mountains and nature in general.


He lived in Malo with partner Jelena and son Filippo, 4 (Image: Newsflash)

A handout photo provided by Alpine Rescue Services shows where an ice glacier collapsed on Mount Marmolada, Italy, on July 3, 2022. Corpo Nazionale Soccorso Alpino e Speleologico/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS PICTURE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. DO NOT COVER LOGO.

A glacier collapse triggered an avalanche (Image: via Reuters)

An Italian financial police officer blocks access to Mount Marmolada and the Punta Rocca glacier near Canazei in the Italian Alps in northern Italy on Wednesday, July 6, 2022, where an avalanche erupted on Sunday and dropped tons of ice, snow, and rocks on hikers. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

An Italian financial policeman blocks access to Mount Marmolada near Canazei in the Italian Alps (Image: AP)

“He had already made several high-altitude excursions, always accompanied by experienced people and with the necessary equipment.”

Up to five people are still missing after the ice, snow and rock fall and hope of finding survivors is dwindling almost three days after the disaster.

Authorities said conditions in the Italian Alps were too unstable today for search teams and dogs to work on the mountain.

Temperatures are predicted to drop on Thursday, reducing the risk of more avalanches.

Trento prosecutor Sandro Raimondi said in an interview on Italian state radio on Wednesday that he had opened a formal investigation to determine whether there was negligence.

At this point, the avalanche doesn’t appear to have been predictable, he said.

Mr. Raimondi added: “The unpredictability of this moment is the main protagonist.”

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