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Three hospitalized after lightning strike

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Three hospitalized after lightning strike
Photo: APA
11:25 CEST+02:00
Three German climbers were taken to hospital after being struck by lightning on the Hohen Dachstein near Gmunden on Friday afternoon. One of the men, aged 25, had to be recovered by helicopter.

A total of four climbers - aged 25, 26, 31 and 33 - were descending the mountain when lightning struck the summit near the end of the safety line they were using, causing at least one to sustain moderate injuries.  

Three of them were taken to the nearby Schladming hospital in Styria.  A fourth man in their party was unharmed.

The admitting physician told the Austrian Press Association (APA) that the three should have recovered sufficiently to be released from hospital on Saturday.

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