ADVERTISEMENT

Avalanche in Austrian Alps kills three Dutch nationals

SCREENSHOT - Avalanche in Austrian Alps kills three Dutch nationals
SCREENSHOT - Avalanche in Austrian Alps kills three Dutch nationals Copyright ATORF
Copyright ATORF
By Euronews with AP
Share this articleComments
Share this articleClose Button

A group of 17 Dutch climbers, accompanied by four Austrian guides, was heading towards the Martin-Busch-Huette mountain refuge when they were struck by an avalanche.

ADVERTISEMENT

An avalanche near the Austrian ski resort of Soelden on Thursday killed three people from the Netherlands who were on a skiing and hiking trip, authorities said. Another person was rescued and taken to a hospital.

Police said a group of 17 people from the Netherlands, accompanied by four Austrian mountain guides, was climbing toward a mountain refuge, the Martin-Busch-Huette, at about 2,500 metres above sea level when the avalanche, which was about 80 metres wide, hit just before 11 am local time.

The mountain rescue service said that three members of the Dutch group were killed, the Austria Press Agency reported. A fourth was rescued from under the snow and flown to a hospital in the nearby town of Zams.

The Netherlands' foreign ministry said the country's embassy in Vienna "is currently investigating exactly what happened and is ready to provide consular assistance if needed.”

The avalanche warning level in Tyrol province, where Soelden is located, was “moderate,” the second level on a five-tier scale, but experts warned of the possibility of avalanches caused by loose snow.

Share this articleComments

You might also like

Two dead in Italy avalanche as extreme weather continues across Europe

French Alps avalanche: Six dead and nine injured

Avalanches kill tourists in Norway with more bad weather forecast