Two still missing after Austrian avalanche

Two people remained missing after an avalanche in the Lech/Zuers free ski area in western Austria on Sunday prompted an initial search for 10 people who were feared buried, the agency reported of Austrian Press (APA).

The avalanche occurred at around 3pm, the APA said, adding that several helicopters and search teams were deployed soon after.

The suspicion that 10 people were buried by the avalanche was based on a skier’s video showing “how skiers come into contact with the avalanche,” APA said, citing Hermann Fercher of the bureau of Lech / Zuers tourism.

One of the rescued was injured and taken to a hospital in Innsbruck. Another was injured but was able to free himself and go to another hospital, regional security adviser Christian Gantner told APA.

Six other people seen in the video were not injured.

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

Lech / Zuers is marketed as “one of the best ski areas in the world” and part of the cradle of alpine skiing. The latest entry on skiing conditions on the resort’s website warns of a “significant avalanche danger”.

The resort’s website said the ski resort was closed from 5pm (1600 GMT) on Sunday and there would be an update on skiing at 8am on Monday . A spokesman for the resort could not immediately be reached for comment.

© Thomson Reuters 2022.

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