Around a Dozen Ski Tourers Caught in Avalanche in Saas-Fee


All survived after being dug out, but some are in hospital. Their injuries are described as moderate. NEW

The avalanche occurred in the Alphuebel area in the Saas Fee valley in Switzerland on Saturday morning.

Some of the ski tourers had stayed in the Taschhutte the previous night.

Major resources were deployed for the search and rescue operation.

Eight helicopters were despatched to the scene with experienced rescue specialists from Zermatt and the Saas Valley.

They were accompanied by the local fire brigades to support them.

It is reported that all the people caught were dug out alive.

Four people were flown to the hospital in Visp, and five to the hospital in Sion.

Three of the people were able to leave the hospital again after treatment.

“Fortunately, all of the buried people were recovered alive by the rescue workers,” said a press statement from Air Zermatt.

The public prosecutor’s office has begun an investigation.

We’ll bring you more details as we receive them.

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