At the end of the ski season, the danger of avalanches in the mountains increases. Viennese researchers have developed a simple, reliable system that could in the future warn people when avalanches are released.
The 45-year old fell, alone, into a 30-meter hole on the Dachstein mountain. Wintry, dangerous conditions at 2,050 meters altitude made the rescue a challenge, just as it was for a similar incident 30 years ago.
The late-season avalanche hit the cross-country skiers as they walked up towards a summit. It is unclear how the snow became dislodged and swept them away.
An annual high school mountaineering expedition has turned fatal after an avalanche struck. Eight students were found 'without vital signs' - deaths must be confirmed by doctors in Japan before officially reported.
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