Austria: avalanche kills 3 people


December 05, 2021 – 9:39 pm clock

Dead in avalanche accident in Salzburg’s Lungau

In Austria, three ski tourers were buried and killed by an avalanche. The accident occurred on Saturday on the Lackenspitze near Tweng in Salzburg’s Lungau, as the police reported. Among the dead was the 19-year-old Motocross World Championship rider René Hofer, as his racing team KTM announced on Sunday.

Rene Hofer died at the age of only 19.

© Imago Sportfotodienst

Group is surprised by an avalanche at 2,400 meters

Hofer and two other victims belonged to an Austrian group of eleven. The police suspect that the young people triggered an avalanche on the north-eastern slope while climbing to an altitude of around 2,400 meters. According to the information, a slab of snow 200 meters wide and 500 meters long went off at around 1:45 p.m. and carried away eight members of the group. According to the police, they were all under 30 years of age.

The three people buried were partially four and a half meters under the snow. The other five were not buried, but two of them were injured. In the region there was a significant avalanche danger above the tree line on Saturday.

Avalanche danger in Austria

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Victims were buried under several meters of snow

The mountain rescue team was out with 70 helpers and search dogs. The mountain rescue dog team was training in Obertauern at the time. Seven dog teams and other emergency services were flown to the avalanche cone with helicopters.

The rescuers were able to locate and rescue two of the victims using a special device, they reported. One was already dead, the second was reanimated, but later died in the hospital. The third buried person was on the way without emergency equipment and was only found dead around 5.15 p.m., reported the Salzburg mountain rescue service.

Two of the fatalities were 19 years old and one was 24 years old. According to the Red Cross, a 22-year-old and a 24-year-old were injured and brought to the Tamsweg hospital.

Austria: Another avalanche in the Steinermark

In Styria, too, two Austrian ski tourers were swept away by an avalanche on Saturday. The police there reported that a 29-year-old was partially buried on the Sonntagskogel. He was recovered and taken to the hospital. His 27-year-old companion was hit by the avalanche, but was able to trigger her avalanche airbag and was therefore not buried. (dpa / bst)


Austria avalanche kills people

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