Sunday, 27 August 2017

Zillertal Alps accident kills five climbers near Krimml in Austria



Five climbers have been killed and one seriously injured in an accident near Krimml in the Austrian Alps.

 
Five rescue helicopters were sent to the scene, 2,000m above sea level in the Zillertal Alps mountain range.


Authorities say the exact cause of the incident is unclear, but six people who were climbing with ropes appear to have fallen together.


Only one survived, and was flown to hospital in Salzburg, about 80km (50 miles) away.


Officials say the climbers were below the Mannlkarscharte pass, in an area with a heightened risk of rockslides.
"We think a rope may have come loose," said Anton Voithofer, head of the Red Cross rescue team.


The names and nationalities of the victims have not been released at this stage.


The accident is believed to be the deadliest so far this season in the Austrian Alps, where several dozen mountaineers die annually.




BBC     News.