14 German ski hikers were swept away in an avalanche in the Austrian Alps. As the police announced on Sunday, ten winter sports enthusiasts were partially buried the day before in Schruns in Vorarlberg and were able to free themselves from the snow masses. Another four people were completely buried by the avalanche, but they were quickly located and freed. Three people were injured in the accident and required medical treatment.
On Saturday morning, several groups of ski hikers climbed a mountain pass. According to a police spokesman, the athletes came from the Munich area and from Lindau in Bavaria as well as from Wernigerode in Saxony-Anhalt. When the first group had reached an altitude of around 2200 meters, an avalanche was released in a mountain gully.
At that time, according to the police, there was a considerable risk of avalanches. Because of snowfall, fog and poor visibility, no helicopter could fly to the scene of the accident. The ski hikers were equipped with complete avalanche equipment for locating buried subjects. Some of them also wore avalanche airbags, which help them stay on the surface of the snow masses instead of being buried.