All missing skiers rescued after avalanche in western Austria

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By Euronews  with AP, AFP
 members of the emergency services working near the scene of an avalanche at Bregenz, Austria on December 25, 2022
members of the emergency services working near the scene of an avalanche at Bregenz, Austria on December 25, 2022   -   Copyright  AFP/HANDOUT

Mountain rescue crews in Austria have managed to rescue all skiers after an avalanche on Sunday, local media reports. 

About 200 rescue workers were initially searching for a group of ten people feared trapped under the snow near the town of Zuers, but all have now been rescued, according to police. 

A total of four people were injured.

The avalanche occurred at around 15:00 CET on the 2,700-metre-high Trittkopf mountain between Zuers and Lech am Arlberg, and the cascading snow reached as far as nearby ski trails.

The avalanche followed days of snow in the high alpine region and unseasonably warm weather on Christmas Day, the Austria Press Agency reported, citing local police. The local mountain rescue service had rated the avalanche danger as “high”.

Searchlights were set up on the snow mass to continue the search after darkness fell, and dogs were being used to try to find the missing.

In recent years, avalanches in Austria have caused an annual average of twenty deaths.