Published on : Tuesday, November 29, 2016
The avalanche triggered while the snow touring group of 10 travellers were making their way to the top of the mountain to ski. The incident killed the 40-year-old British traveller, who was also a part of the group. The massive avalanche also injured a 22-year-old Dutchman and a 15-year-old skier.
The avalanche occurred at a height of 3000 feet and it stretched for almost 1000 yards.
According to the sources, the rescue operation was hampered due to poor mobile phone connectivity. the group could not call anyone to ask for help as there was no phone connection. As they could not contact anyone for 15 to 20 minutes after the avalanche, the leader of the group had to send one of the members of the group down the mountain to call for help.
It was found that the group of ten was an all men group and among them, there was one British traveller, one Belgian traveller and eight Dutch tourists. Before the avalanche hit the region, the group was heading towards the Ferwall Valley in Obergurgl, where four were severely injured and the others somehow freed themselves.
The Dutch traveller was dead before he could get any medical assistance and the British traveller had to be airlifted, where he died the next day. The 18-year-old victim from Holland was admitted to the hospital and was in a very critical stage.
According to a police spokesperson in Innsbruck, the high mountain police were investigating the incident, where two people died and a third person was in a very critical state in hospital.
She also said that they believe that it was the group of the travellers who triggered the massive avalanche that trapped four people beneath the snow.
The local authorities used four helicopters to rescue the trapped travellers.