5 Czechs Killed in Austrian Avalanche

5 Czechs Killed in Austrian Avalanche

Five Czech skiers were killed in a huge avalanche that swept away their group of 17 in the Austrian skiing region of Tyrol on Saturday, police said. The avalanche, which the regional TV station ORF Tirol said was 2 km wide and 5 meters deep, came down shortly after noon at the Wattener Lizum region, about 40 km southeast of Innsbruck, Reuters reported. Two others were injured but out of acute danger, while 10 survived unharmed, police said. The experienced Czech skiers were taking part in a so-called “freeride camp” and had been repeatedly warned about the danger by locals, according to ORF. The entire skiing region had been on a “Level Three” avalanche alert, out of a maximum five, and several avalanches were also reported elsewhere.


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