One of them was rescued unharmed by other companions within a short time, the second could be rescued after a difficult rescue operation and apparently only after a few hours in the late afternoon. He was flown to the Innsbruck clinic by helicopter.
His exact degree of injury was initially unclear, but according to a report in the “Kleine Zeitung” the winter sportsman is said to have been in critical condition. The exact identity of the buried victims initially also remained open.
buried for hours
According to the police, the tourers were part of a group of five friends from Germany and Austria. Three of them continued uphill from the “Hollbrucker Tal” in the direction of Schöntalhöhe, the other two stayed behind and took a break.
According to the executive, the previous winter sportsman suddenly released the slab of snow and was carried away and buried himself. The man was rescued a little later. Another ski tourer, who was traveling uphill independently of the group in the same area, was eventually also buried and apparently remained so for hours.
The search for him is said to have been very difficult. In the meantime, alarmed mountain rescuers had to be flown out of the valley again because fog kept coming in and endangering the operation, operations manager Gerhard Fiegl from the Obertilliach mountain rescue service told ORF Tirol. It was only later that they were rescued. Helicopters, mountain rescue teams from Obertilliach and Sillian and the alpine police were deployed.
Two injured in Carinthia
Two people were also injured in an avalanche on Goldeck near Spittal an der Drau on Wednesday afternoon. Upon request, the police confirmed a corresponding report by ORF Carinthia. According to the first information, only the two injured were affected, the avalanche had gone off in the open area. The rescue was still in progress in the early evening hours.
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