Two dead in avalanches in German-speaking Switzerland –

Two people died in avalanches on Saturday in Engelberg, canton Obwalden, and Stoos, canton Schwyz. These accidents bring the number of people killed in avalanches in Switzerland this winter to ten.

According to the cantonal police of Obwalden, the Engelberg avalanche occurred shortly before 11 a.m. in the Laub region above the Gerschnialp.

Three people were quickly located and rescued, the statement said. However, further research was made difficult and dangerous due to the state of the snow. She could only be prosecuted after a security explosion.

One of the three people was found unharmed. Two other people suffered serious injuries, they were taken by Rega to hospital, where one died on Saturday afternoon.

Freerider buried in Stoos

A 49-year-old freerider from Canton Zug died on Saturday morning in Stoos on a steep slope in the Rot Turm region, far from the marked trails. The avalanche, 100 to 150 meters wide, buried the man shortly before 10 a.m., although he triggered his avalanche airbag.

As of Friday, 62 avalanche accidents and eight fatalities have been reported to the Institute for the Study of Snow and Avalanches (SLF) this winter. The two additional deaths bring the number of people killed in avalanches to ten this season.

In the central and eastern Alps, the avalanche danger was strong on Saturday above around 1,600 meters. This is the second highest level of alert. The conditions for snow sports outside secure slopes are very dangerous, the SLF still indicates on its internet.

ats / ebz

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