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The Guardian: All ten skiers buried under an avalanche in Austria found alive

26-12-2022 |

Ten people initially feared buried under snow after an avalanche swept across ski trails in western Austria have been found, according to authorities.

Just before 1am on Monday, police confirmed all the missing had been accounted for, the Austria Press Agency reported.

Authorities said four people were injured, including a partially buried man who was rescued and flown to Innsbruck regional hospital with serious injuries. The other six were not affected by the avalanche.

“It can be assumed that no more people are missing,” the statement said. Nevertheless, “a security search will be carried out on Monday for final clarification”.

The avalanche occurred on the 2,700-metre (9,000ft) Trittkopf mountain between Zuers and Lech am Arlberg, at about 3pm local time on Sunday. Local media reported that several helicopters and search teams were deployed soon afterwards.

About 200 people were involved in the search. Rescuers needed headlamps to continue searching after dark, the Austrian Press Agency said.

Source: The Guardian