Three men were moving off the marked trails when a snow flow swept them away. One of them was able to extricate himself on his own and rescued his friend. The third was later cleared by the emergency services but died.
Three skiers were swept away by an avalanche on Sunday around 3 p.m. in Gstaad, in the town of Saanen. The three men were skiing off the marked slopes of Wasserngrat.
One of the men was able to extract himself from the avalanche. In the process, the latter was able to free one of his companions found under the snow as well as alert the emergency services. At this point, the third skier was not located. Rescuers dispatched to the scene immediately began the search for the missing person by hiring a helicopter. But the secondary avalanches greatly complicated the search operations.
Finally, rescuers were able to locate the victim and extract him from the snowy mass. After the first rescue measures at the scene, the man was taken to hospital in critical condition, where he died shortly after. The other two men, aged 20 and 22, were also taken to hospital for further medical examinations.