The death toll continues to rise this week as a late season winter storm raged, delivering snow, below freezing temps, and 100km winds across the Swiss alps. The Local is reporting that the number of mountain fatalities related to this storm has risen to 10. That number has risen by 3 since we initially reported on the tragedy yesterday.
The dead include climbers and backcountry skiers. The most recent tragedy involved an Italian guide his group of 13 others, whom he was helping to navigate part of the Haute Route. They were between the Dix and Vignettes refuges when weather became unmanageable.
The guide would ultimately leave the group in search of help but would die in the process. During the night on the mountain, 5 others would suffer in the wind and cold before perishing at nearby hospital following their rescue.
The dead include the guide, two couples from Italy, a Bulgarian, and yet another Italian national. The other fatalities this week include two climbers who were killed on Monday near Bern as well as a person who was killed in an avalanche.
Find the entire Local article here: Horror storm in Swiss Alps claims tenth victim