All missing after avalanche accident in Austria have been found
Rescuers in eastern Austria have found all the people who were missing after an avalanche on Sunday in the Lech/Zürs ski area in the Austrian Alps.
At first there were reports of ten missing, but late Sunday the number of missing people was reduced to two. It is written by dpa.
By Sunday evening, everyone had been found, and the rescue operation was called off.
This is written by the Austrian news agency APA.
The avalanche incident happened shortly before 3pm on Sunday afternoon. The reports that ten people were buried in masses of ice during the avalanche were based on a video taken by a skier.
One person was quickly extricated and flown to a hospital in Innsbruck with serious injuries. A total of four people were injured.
The people who appeared in the video buried by the avalanche were found under Sunday evening, writes the APA.
Some of them freed themselves and went down into the valley, after which they were long on the list of missing persons, even though they were safe.
The avalanche hit a ski area on Trittkopf mountain in the state of Vorarlberg in western Austria. The Lech/Zürs area is marketed as ‘one of the world’s best ski areas’. It is located at an altitude of about 2700 meters and has many tourists in the winter months.
Rescue crews were looking for the last two of those missing on Sunday evening. This happened with lights and with the help of dogs. Earlier on Sunday, helicopters were also used in the search operation.
About 100 people were involved in the search for survivors.
The authorities have warned that there is a danger of landslides in the area this season.
In recent years, avalanches have claimed an average of around 20 lives a year in Austria, writes the AFP news agency.
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