Mittelberg - A 37-year-old skier has survived forty minutes under an avalanche on Thursday in Kleinwalsertal.
The German women was with a ski instructor in the ski area underway in off piste terrain without avalanche equipment, and got caught in a slab. The woman was recovered from the snow masses after 40 minutes and suffered due to fortunate circumstances only a hypothermia.
The 37-year-old, according to police a good skier, wanted to leave with her 63-year-old ski instructor at 13.50 clock in the area of the so-called "Schneiderküren-Schmalzboden" to Hirschegg. The ski instructor skied into a slope about 60 meters long and 40 degrees steep. At the same time, a 15-meter-wide slab broke behind him and seized the German women. The woman was dragged about 15 meters and burried one meter deep by the snow.
Ski group came by accident to help
The ski instructor, who did not carry a shovel, a probe or an avalanche transceiver (LVS), alerted the emergency services by cell phone, but was unable to start a search because of the lack of equipment. Coincidentally, in the area described as remote, a group of skiers with the necessary equipment passed by, and the search for the victim began immediately. Together with the mountain rescue workers flown in by helicopter, the alpine police and a dog team from Vorarlberg, the 37-year-old was finally located and excavated at a depth of around 1.5 meters.
ski instructor is being prosecuted
The woman had been pressed by the snow pressure in a Kauerstellung, it was said. But she was approachable and almost unhurt. The 37-year-old was flown with a slight hypothermia for observation by helicopter to the hospital in Immenstadt (Allgäu). The ski instructor will be reported to the police after completing the investigation. He will have to answer for endangering physical safety.
On Thursday, according to the Vorarlberger Landeswarnzentrale in the Kleinwalsertal above 1,800 meters, there was a considerable level 3 avalanche, below which it was at level 2. On the northern slope with powder snow, at about 1,500 meters above sea level, where the avalanche broke, the avalanche danger was loud Information from the police "at least 3".