Two young women were tragically killed on holiday while celebrating their upcoming birthdays with their friends.

Theresia Jansson Palmer and Annika Frankendale, who described each other as their best friend, were eagerly awaiting their 25th birthday – just days to go – when they were caught in an avalanche in the Italian Alps bordering France and Switzerland , Am Sunday afternoon.

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

Theresia Palmer and Annika Frankendale, who were on vacation when they were killed.

Theresia Palmer and Annika Frankendale were killed on Sunday afternoon while on holiday in the Italian Alps. 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 experienced skiers – had reportedly gone to Courmayeur to head towards Val Veny.

Investigators are investigating whether bad weather caused the friends to take the wrong route, leading them to the “very steep and dangerous” Spagnoli Channel, reports local publication Corriere Della Sera.

One of the women was rescued 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 halt 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 Lunds Teknisha Hoskola, the Faculty of Engineering at Lund University in Lund, Sweden, specializing in industrial design and sports.

Ms. Palmer studied engineering physics, loved to play soccer and practiced her skiing whenever she had the opportunity, the publication reports. Ms. Frankendale’s passions included running and sailing.

Terrible moment when a tourist’s bungee cord snaps

Earlier this week it emerged that a tourist was lucky to be alive after his bungee cord snapped during a terrifying 10-story jump – with the entire incident being caught on camera.

Hong Kong-based Mike was visiting Thailand in February when he and a friend decided to take the plunge. Shocking footage shows Mike standing on top of a crane and jumping off with his arms outstretched, only to suddenly snap the rope mid-air.

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