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16-year-old man killed in avalanche: Investigations in St. Anton are still in the process



Anton – Last Wednesday in St. Anton is a tragic avalanche. The German-Australian family could not continue on a difficult ground, initiate an urgent call, and waited for the mountain rescue service. But suddenly, a huge snowboards ran the mother and son of a four-man family. For 16-year-olds, every help came too late. The mother managed to escape the unharmed, husband and 14-year-old son were not hit by snow.

The parents raised serious accusations in the Australian media: the rescuer started an avalanche. "Research is far from complete, but that's true, there is a suspicion that the first response could trigger an avalanche," Stefan Eder from Tirol's provincial police said Monday Tiroler Tageszeitung Online, It was not a mountain rescuer, but a person near the accident site and wanted to help the family.

Many witnesses have been found in this area, according to Tyrolean police. "There are still people to talk, and the expert has got an opinion, which will probably take at least two weeks to reach the final report," Eder explained.

It was a "very sensitive, very tragic story" – even for the affected people with the first reaction.

Sixteen-year-old was giving up on an emergency call when the family did not go any further. When they stopped leaving for security reasons, they were "unharmed and without any immediate danger," Australian parents say Associated Press, "Mountain Rescuer" advised them to wait. While trying to take her to the family, the avalanche was triggered, parents said. Her son was recovered after 20 minutes but could not be revived. (TT.com, dpa)


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