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Swedish skier dies after 30-metre fall

The Swedish foreign ministry has confirmed the death of a Swedish man in a skiing accident in St. Anton, Austria.

Swedish skier dies after 30-metre fall
A view of St. Anton from a file photo

According to the local Austrian news agency APA, the 46-year-old from central Sweden was skiing with two others in very steep terrain near St. Anton’s twelth piste when they took a wrong turn and fell some 30 metres down a precipice.

The man’s injuries were so severe that he died before the emergency sevices could reach him and the others, one of whom was also badly injured and had to be taken to hospital by helicopter.

The foreign ministry would not give any more details about his condition beyond confirming that it is serious.

The third man had minor injuries and was allowed to leave hospital after an examination, according to APA.

On the day of the accident, the weather conditions were fine and sunny with temperatures just above zero and and visibity was good in the area around St Anton .

Relatives of the men involved have been informed by the foreign ministry about the accident.

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SKIING

Austria avalanche kills three

An avalanche in the Salzburg region killed three people and injured two while they were skiing off-piste, Austria's Red Cross said Saturday.

Snow and avalanche protection fences seen on a clear day on mountains surrounding Lech am Arlberg, western Austria
Some mountains in Austria have snow and avalanche protection fences, like these seen on a clear day on mountains surrounding Lech am Arlberg, western Austria. ALEXANDER KLEIN / AFP

The accident happened Saturday about 2,400 metres (7,800 feet) up in the Lungau district, soon after 1:45 pm local time, Red Cross spokesman Anton Schilcher told the APA agency.

The snow buried eight of the group up to 4.5 metres deep, local emergency response official Christoph Wiedl told local media.

Two of the victims were already dead when their bodies were recovered, while the third died after being airlifted to hospital in Klagenfurt.

The two injured skiers were taken to hospital in the town of Tamsweg.

The skiers caught in the avalanche were from a group from the regions of Salzburg and Upper Austria.

In recent years, an average of around 20 people a year have been killed annually by avalanches in Austria.

The last two seasons were less deadly as the coronavirus pandemic reduced the number of skiers overall.

Avalanches killed four people in western Austria’s Tyrol region last February.

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