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Zillertal Alps accident kills five German climbers in Austria

By AFP | Published Mon, August 28th 2017 at 11:43, Updated August 28th 2017 at 12:58 GMT +3
A section of Zillertal Alps in Austria where five climbers died in accident. Photo: Getty Images

In summary

  • Five mountaineers died in an accident on Zillertal Alps in Austria. Another was taken to hospital in serious condition
  • Several dozen mountaineering deaths are reported in the Alps each summer

Five German climbers were killed and a sixth seriously injured after an accident in the Austrian Alps on Sunday, rescue services said.

The accident occurred below the Mannlkarscharte pass, about 80 kilometres (50 miles) south of the central city of Salzburg, when a rope came loose after one of the group skidded while climbing on a glacier at an altitude of 3,000 meters.

Witnesses from another group said two of the climbers "tried to prevent the fall by using ice picks, but to no avail," said local mountain rescue chief Franz Gensbichler.

Five helicopters were sent to the scene, and the surviving climber was transported to a hospital in Schwarzach where he was said to be in serious condition.

The victims have not yet been identified.

It was the deadliest climbing accident so far this season in the Austrian Alps, where several dozen mountaineering deaths are reported each summer.

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