Taiwanese tourist rescued from Austrian mountain via WhatsApp
The Local · 22 Sep 2016, 17:08
Published: 22 Sep 2016 17:08 GMT+02:00
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Her friend forwarded the images to police in Austria, who alerted a rescue team who were able to find the lost tourist.
“The woman was so overjoyed to see me that she immediately hugged me,” Alex Seebacher from the Planai cable car rescue team said.
After realising she was hopelessly lost, the woman had managed to make contact with the team earlier from a telephone box on the mountain, but was not able to describe where she was in any detail.
It was only after her helpful friend forwarded the photos that they could pinpoint her exact location and reach her with Ski-Doos.
Meanwhile a 31-year-old climber from the Czech Republic tragically fell to his death on Wednesday while ascending the Dachstein.
Alpine officials say icy conditions on the mountain may have caused the man to lose his footing, causing him to fall more than 200 meters. His body was recovered two hours later, after the rescue team had to wait for thick fog to clear.