Best friends killed while celebrating their 25th birthdays

Theresia and Annika died after they and their boyfriends were swept away in an avalanche.

Two young women have tragically been killed while on holiday celebrating their upcoming birthdays with their boyfriends.

Theresia Jansson Palmer and Annika Frankendale, who described each other as their best friend, had been eagerly anticipating their 25th birthdays — just a few days away — when they were caught up in an avalanche in the Italian Alps, on the border with France and Switzerland, on Sunday afternoon.

At the time they had been skiing with their unnamed boyfriends, who survived the tragic avalanche, according to local media.

Theresia Palmer and Annika Frankendale, who were on holiday when they were killed.
Theresia Palmer and Annika Frankendale were killed while on holiday in the Italian Alps on Sunday afternoon. Source: Newsflash/Australscope

The group had previously been based in Chamonix, on the French side of Mont Blanc, but on the day of their deaths, the women and their partners — all expert skiers — had reportedly gone to Courmayeur to head towards Val Veny.

It is being investigated if bad weather caused the friends to take the wrong route, leading them to the “very steep and dangerous” Spagnoli canal, local publication Corriere Della Sera reports.

One of the women was recovered from the snow by the two men but they were unable to revive her. The other was found the following day after search and rescue teams had to suspend their efforts due to adverse weather conditions.

Annika Frankendale skiing in an undated photo.
Ms Frankendale (pictured) is seen skiing in the same area just weeks before the tragic avalanche. Source: Newsflash/Australscope

Ms Palmer and Ms Frankendale were students at the Lunds Teknisha Hoskola, the Faculty of Engineering at Lund University in Lund, Sweden, which specialises in industrial design and sports.

Ms Palmer studied technical physics, loved to play football, and practiced her skiing whenever she had a chance, the publication reports. Ms Frankendale’s passions included running and sailing .

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