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A sign warning skiers in the Planai ski area in Styria / Austria. Pic: PA images. DPA/PA Images
Lech Zuers

Skiers rescued unharmed after avalanche at Austrian resort

Austrian authorities have located 10 skiers after 200 rescuers, helicopters and dogs took part in search

AUSTRIAN AUTHORITIES HAVE located 10 skiers, most of whom were unharmed, after an avalanche at a resort sparked a massive search for them, police said today. 

One was seriously injured following the avalanche in the Lech Zuers ski area, where up to 200 rescuers backed by helicopters and dogs scoured for survivors.

Authorities, based on the video of a skier, initially reported that roughly 10 people were feared buried.

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A German citizen was seriously injured and was transported to hospital, Hermann Fercher, head of the tourist office responsible for reporting on the rescue, told AFP.

The people involved included citizens from Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Bosnia, Croatia and the United States.

Officials had warned of high avalanche risk in the area over the weekend.

In recent years, avalanches in Austria have killed about 20 people on average each year.

© Agence France-Presse

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