Five Dead In Alps Avalanches Over The Weekend

Five Dead In Alps Avalanches Over The Weekend

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Five Dead In Alps Avalanches Over The Weekend

By is reporting that five people have perished in avalanches after a disastrous weekend in the Alps.

Authorities recorded at least 17 avalanches in the popular resort destination of Tyrol over a 24 hour span on Saturday, February 4th, 2023.

Here’s what is reporting about each individual incident:

“A winter sports enthusiast was found dead in Kaltenbach on Saturday. APA, the Austrian news agency, quoted police as saying the victim was a 17-year-old from New Zealand who had been skiing off piste.

On Friday, a 32-year-old Chinese national was killed in an avalanche in the area. A 15-year-old boy was also severely injured after being dragged by an avalanche.

A third victim, a man in his 50s, was found dead after being reported missing Friday in the Kleinwalsertal valley on the Austrian border with Germany.

In the Swiss canton of Graubünden, two skiers died off-piste, authorities there said. A third member of the group managed to escape. The two dead include a 56-year-old woman and a 52-year-old man.”

^Swiss Alps. Credit: on Unsplash 

Authorities are warning that the snowpack across the Alps is dangerous due to heavy snowfall and strong winds.

The Avalanche Warning Service in Tyrol is warning that spontaneous mid-sized and large avalanches could occur throughout the week.

Our thoughts and condolences are with the friends and family of the deceased during this difficult time.

Header Image Credit: Alexander Kaufmann on Unsplash 

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