Avalanche kills five people in Austrian mountain resort

Avalanche kills five people in Austrian mountain resort near the Swiss border, while another five are rescued alive from under the snow

  • An avalanche struck in the Austrian province of Tyrol on Friday afternoon
  • The identities and nationalities of the victims has not been released 
  • Another avalanche struck in Solden, burying five who were later rescued 
  • An avalanche has killed five people in an Austrian mountain report near the Swiss border. 

    The avalanche occurred in the Austrian province of Tyrol in the Spiss municipality, the emergency control centre confirmed on Friday afternoon.

    Information about the identities and nationalities of the victims was not immediately available.

    An avalanche has killed five people in an Austrian ski report near the Swiss border

    An avalanche has killed five people in an Austrian ski report near the Swiss border

    The avalanche occurred in the Austrian province of Tyrol in the Spiss municipality, the emergency control centre confirmed on Friday afternoon

    The avalanche occurred in the Austrian province of Tyrol in the Spiss municipality, the emergency control centre confirmed on Friday afternoon

    Information about the identities and nationalities of the victims was not immediately available

    Information about the identities and nationalities of the victims was not immediately available

    ‘Unfortunately five people lost their lives,’ he said, adding that an injured woman was evacuated to hospital. 

    More than 50 avalanches were recorded in the Tyrol region over 48 hours. 

    Four of these avalanches, including one that occurred near Solden and another in Zillertal, involved confirmed injuries.

    Rescue workers stand at the Rettenbach glacier near Soelden after five winter sports enthusiasts were rescued after being hit by an avalanche

    Rescue workers stand at the Rettenbach glacier near Soelden after five winter sports enthusiasts were rescued after being hit by an avalanche

    The Solden avalanche buried five people who were all rescued alive, according to emergency workers.

    In recent years, an average of around 20 people have been killed annually by avalanches in Austria.

    The last two seasons were less deadly as the coronavirus pandemic reduced the number of skiers overall.