Austria avalanche kills 3; Ski patrollers killed in France

Evarado Alatorre
Enero 14, 2019

The bodies of two men aged 32 and 36 and a third aged 56 were found on Saturday evening, with a 28-year-old man still missing, police said.

In France, police said that two ski patrollers were killed in Morillon when the devices they use to trigger avalanches exploded as they were securing the slopes at a ski resort.

In Austria, the wife of one of the German skiers reported them missing on Saturday (local time).

Police said the four friends had skied onto a closed trail.

The victims suffered multiple injuries despite being equipped with avalanche protection gear that deployed airbags. They were located via cellphone tracking.

More news: The final 'Game of Thrones' season airs April 14

The latest avalanche brings to at least 24 the number of weather-related deaths reported in parts of Europe this month. Officers were investigating the scene to determine the cause of the rare accident.

Forecasters at Meteo France had warned of a high risk of avalanches in the Savoie and Haute-Savoie regions following fresh overnight snowfall. Ski patrollers are in charge of preventing potential dangers to skiers, notably by triggering controlled avalanches with powerful explosive charges.

On Saturday, authorities in southern Germany and Austria used a break in the weather to clear heavy loads of snow from roofs and roads.

In the Bavarian town of Kempten, local authorities closed 11 sports halls as a precaution because the weight of snow on their roofs was expected to increase.

Trains between the German cities of Munich and Lindau, on Lake Constance near the Austrian border, were travelling more slowly than usual because of a risk of that trees weighed down by snow could fall on to the tracks.

Otros informes por

Discuta este artículo

SIGUE NUESTRO PERIÓDICO