Alps: Avalanche in South Tyrol: German tourer killed

A woman died in an avalanche in South Tyrol - presumably a holidaymaker from Germany.

Alps: Avalanche in South Tyrol: German tourer killed

A woman died in an avalanche in South Tyrol - presumably a holidaymaker from Germany. According to the Italian mountain rescue service, the avalanche occurred near the municipality of Ratschings, near the Austrian border.

A group of German tourers were buried in snow at an altitude of around 2,100 meters. The rescue workers managed to pull two men out of the snow and resuscitate them. However, they had to be taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries. Help came too late for the woman.

It had snowed heavily in the Italian Alps in the past few days. The fresh snow - up to half a meter - also increased the risk of avalanches. The accident probably occurred in the early afternoon near the Wumblsalm area. It took some time until the rescuers were on site. Their work was then made easier by the fact that those buried wore avalanche search devices. The two critically injured people were flown to a hospital by helicopter. Around 30 helpers were involved in the rescue work.

The tourers who were off the regular pistes were probably aiming for the Schlotterjoch (2373 meters) or the Glaitner Hochjoch (2389 meters). According to information from the Italian broadcaster Rai, the dead woman and the two men who were rescued from the avalanche are between the ages of 20 and 30. The mountain rescue service initially did not provide any precise information about the victims' origins.

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