Tyrol Zillertal Alps avalanche claims life of 25-year-old

The Local
The Local - [email protected] • 17 Oct, 2016 Updated Mon 17 Oct 2016 10:53 CEST
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A 25-year-old man has died in an avalanche in the Hintertux Glacier area in Tyrol’s Zillertal Alps. A second man was injured but survived.


The avalanche occurred at around 2pm on Sunday. The two men, both from Tyrol, were ski touring off-piste on a northern-facing ridge in steep terrain when a ledge of snow broke off at a height of 3,280 metres and swept them away.

The older man (44) was not deeply buried in the snow and could be dug out quickly by a rescue team. He was flown to hospital and is in a stable condition.

It took hours to find the younger man, who was more deeply buried, and his lifeless body was dug out late in the afternoon by a mountain rescue team using specially trained sniffer dogs.

There was also an avalanche alarm in Tyrol’s Kaunertal valley on Sunday, but nobody was injured.




The Local 2016/10/17 10:53

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