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SKI TOURER DIES HELPING FELLOW SKIER
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A skier has died while trying to rescue another ski tourer who had fallen into a crevasse in Switzerland.

 

 

 

The accident happened at an altitude of about 4,300 metres on the Grenz glacier near Zermatt.

Swiss police say the person who died was in a group made up of a mountain guide and six ski tourers who had responded to calls for help.

During the attempted rescue, two of the group also fell into the crevasse when a snow bridge suddenly collapsed.

One of them died in the fall.

The other was injured and was taken to hospital.

A statement from Valais Police says the initial accident involved two skiers who were roped together and climbing from the Monte Rosa hut to Lisjoch.

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One of them fell into the crevasse.

At the same time the guide and six tourers were descending from the Margherita hut towards Lisjoch.

"Alerted by the calls for help, they immediately gave their support," the police statement says.

"During this action, the snow bridge suddenly collapsed and two members of this guided group fell into the crevasse.

"Due to the weather conditions, the rescue team at the Zermatt emergency station had to climb about 900 metres to the accident site.

"During this time, two people were able to be extracted from the crevasse.

"One of them, injured, was transported to the hospital of Visp.

"However, the third person died at the scene."

The accident happened at about 2pm on Monday 22nd April but details have only just emerged.

The police say the bad weather has so far prevented the body being recovered and formal identification is yet to take place.

The public prosecutor has opened an investigation.

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