At Least Four Climbers Die in Austrian Alps Accident

At Least Four Climbers Die in Austrian Alps Accident

Four people have died and another has been injured in an accident at the Mannlkarscharte Pass, near Zell-am-See, about 80 kilometers from Salzburg, in the Austrian Alps, emergency services have reported. The cause of the accident has not been determined at the moment, nor has the identity or nationality of the victims been provided.

“We believe that one of the ropes has been released” with which they were doing the climbing, said Anton Voithofer, head of the Red Cross rescue team, which caused all the ropes of climbers to rush into the void, when they were at an altitude of about 3,000 meters.

Five helicopters have been sent to the accident area to participate in rescue tasks. The injured man has been taken to a hospital in Salzburg. So far, only one of the mountaineers has been identified as a 34-year-old German citizen of Bavaria, but rescue teams assume that all members of the group were likely German, says ORF public television.

According to the testimonies of another group of climbers, collected by the Austrian agency APA, the rope decided not to continue the journey on the ice, but when trying to turn around, one of its members slipped and dragged the others, causing a fall of some 200 meters. The bodies had to be rescued from a crack in the glacier, hundreds of meters below the crash site.

This is the most serious accident this season in the Austrian Alps, where dozens of deaths occur every summer, reports France Presse. In fact, in another different accident three Italian climbers have died in the glacier of the Ademello Brenta Park, in the Italian Alps.

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