Despite desperate rescue efforts, hopes are fading of finding any more survivors following Germany’s ice rink disaster. With people still missing after the building’s roof collapsed amid heavy snowfall, it is feared the death toll could reach 15. Edmund Stoiber, the Bavarian premier, visted the site where 11 victims are confirmed dead, including six children and two teenagers.
He has revealed that a special fund will be set up to help those affected by the tragedy and he called on all Germans to contribute.
Chancellor Angela Merkel said: “We won’t give up hope until all the missing have been found or recovered.” And at the disaster zone in the town of Bad Reichenhall, there has been one miracle rescue, with a six-year-old girl pulled alive from the twisted wreckage.
But as time passes, amid freezing temperatures, it is feared hypothermia could claim the lives of any remaining survivors. From heavy machinery to sniffer dogs, emergency teams are using all means available to scour the site.
An inquiry is underway into why the accident happened. Shortly before the collapse, the scheduled training session of a local ice hockey team was cancelled amid concern over the volume of snow building up on the roof.
But officials say measurements showed the quantities were within normally safe limits and there was no indication of any immediate threat to safety.