Austria: Three Dutch nationals dead in avalanche

17 Dutch and four Austrian guides were on their way to the Martin-Busch-Huette mountain refuge.
Austria: Three Dutch nationals dead in avalanche

On Thursday, an avalanche in the Austrian ski resort of Soelden killed three Dutch skiers and hikers, according to police. Another individual was recovered and transported to the hospital.

According to police, a group of 17 persons from the Netherlands, accompanied by four Austrian mountain guides, was hiking towards the Martin-Busch-Huette, a mountain refuge about 2,500 metres above sea level, when the avalanche- about 80 metres wide- hit just before 11 a.m. local time.

The mountain rescue agency confirmed that three members of the Dutch expedition were found dead, according to the Austria Press Agency.

A fourth person was rescued from beneath the snow and flown to a hospital in the town of Zams.

The country's embassy in Vienna "is presently investigating exactly what transpired and is ready to give consular support if needed,” said the Netherlands' foreign ministry.

The avalanche warning level in Tyrol province, which includes Soelden, was "moderate," the second level on a five-tier scale, but experts warned of the risk of avalanches produced by loose snow.

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Austria: Three Dutch nationals dead in avalanche


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