Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

MEDIAWATCH

#CecilTheLion : Hunter Becomes The Hunted

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

Erdogan’s gamble: Turkey launches offensives on PKK and Islamic State Group (part 2)

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

Europe’s shame: Calais migrant crisis deepens (part 1)

Read more

FRANCE IN FOCUS

The River Seine, the lifeblood of the French capital

Read more

FOCUS

Remote learning brings hope to Brazil’s rural poor

Read more

ENCORE!

'The Little Prince', from the book to the screen

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

Indian execution like a 'Hollywood courtroom drama'

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

A new player in Syria's war

Read more

FOCUS

Bangladesh: Secular bloggers live in fear after spate of killings

Read more

Europe

Six killed in avalanche near Alpine ski resort

Latest update : 2009-05-03

An avalanche near the Austrian Alpine ski resort of Soelden has killed at least six people. Rescue services told the Austrian APA news service they had recovered the bodies of the victims.

REUTERS - Six mountain climbers were killed in an avalanche near the major ski resort of Soelden in the Austrian Alps at the weekend, regional police said on Sunday.

 

Witnesses spotted the snowslide in rugged highlands on Saturday and alerted alpine rescuers but they could not reach the scene until Sunday due to poor weather, police in the Tirol provincial capital of Innsbruck said.

 

A police official said rescuers retrieved the bodies of six climbers who had been ascending the 3,500-metre Schalfkogel peak in an isolated region southwest of Innsbruck between Soelden and Obergurgl ski resorts close to the border of Italy.

 

The only survivor in their group was a middle-aged Czech man who had opted to remain behind in a hut, and it was believed the victims were all from the Czech Republic.

 

The Austrian Alps received unusually heavy snowfall this winter and avalanches have been frequent and sometimes fatal, killing mainly individual skiers who had ventured off patrolled slopes to tackle deep powder drop-offs.

Date created : 2009-05-03

COMMENT(S)