Two still missing after Austrian avalanche

After an avalanche in the western Austrian ski resort of Lech/Zürs, which initially led to a search for ten feared buried subjects on Sunday, two people were missing, the Austrian Press Agency (APA) reported.

The avalanche happened around 3 p.m., APA said, adding that several helicopters and search teams were deployed shortly after.

The suspicion that 10 people were buried by the avalanche is based on a skier video that shows “how the skiers come into contact with the avalanche,” quoted the APA Hermann Fercher from the Lech/Zürs Tourist Association.

One of the rescued was injured and flown to a hospital in Innsbruck. Another was injured, but was able to free himself and take him to another hospital, State Security Councilor Christian Gantner told APA.

Six other people seen in the video were unharmed.

The fate of the last two is unknown, APA reported.

Lech/Zürs markets itself as “one of the best ski areas in the world” and as the cradle of alpine skiing. The last entry on the ski conditions on the ski resort’s website warns of “significant avalanche danger”.

The resort’s website said the ski area would close at 5:00 p.m. (4:00 p.m. GMT) on Sunday and that there would be an update on skiing at 8:00 a.m. on Monday. A spokesman for the resort was not immediately available for comment.

© Thomson Reuters 2022.

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