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The people are well-equipped and higher risks

a week Ago, got above Zermatt, five skiers outside of the ski slopes in an avalanche. Four of them were partially buried and were quickly dug out, as the Air is not told in Zermatt. One was completely buried by the snow masses, however, could be saved.

The Zermatt rescue chief Anjan Truffer was spot on. He observed in the free-riders a dangerous Trend, he says, compared to "Sunday view": "The people are very well equipped and, therefore, higher risks."

in fact, all five free-skiers in Zermatt, which came last week in the avalanche were equipped with an avalanche airbag. One of the variant of the driver who caused his, was spilled as the Only completely.

No warranty

evidenced by A new study Truffers observation, the newspaper writes: in fact variant of the drivers are at greater risk, as soon as you are equipped with an avalanche airbag. "It could be shown that the avalanche airbag will lead to a change in the risk appetite. The avalanche airbag users have higher values in the statements of risk appetite. In addition, the avalanche airbag users are driven more willing to have a steeper slope, if you are wearing an avalanche airbag than without", it means in the 2017 published study by the Zurich University of applied Sciences (ZHAW).

Ueli Mosimann of the technical group on safety in mountain sports in the Swiss Alps-Club (SAC) is aware of this phenomenon. For him, a good prior planning is therefore Central, as he says to "Sunday look". "It needs a good risk assessment. To get the risk in an avalanche must be excluded," says Mosimann.

Because device despite all of the precautions to be taken in an avalanche, Avalanche avalanche transceiver (LVS), and the Airbag is only an additional security guarantee no Survival. "Only about 50 percent of all victims survive an avalanche accident – in spite of LVS," says Mosimann.

model "snow pulse": avalanche airbags are designed to prevent a full spill. (Archive image Keystone)

On the morning of Stephan, tags were in the area of Hohtälli above Zermatt, five skiers outside of the ski slopes in an avalanche. Four of them were partially buried and could be quickly excavated. A skier was buried by Snow completely. With helicopters in the Air four avalanche dog leader, a mountain guide and emergency doctor in the Air were able to Zermatt within a few minutes Zermatt on the Avalanche to be discontinued.

Current avalanche situation extremely sensitive

The Shed was dogs, thanks to the Avalanche, and the avalanche search devices immediately located and excavated. The casualty was then flown in for closer inspection to the hospital in Visp.

According to Truffer is the current avalanche situation outside the marked slopes, especially to the sun-averse North-facing slopes, extremely sensitive. Caution is clearly called for.

The avalanche danger on the map: (sep/sda)

Created: 30.12.2018, 10:13 PM

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