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Berg Cerchov: Alpine task force is supposed to help in the search for a missing girl


More than 800 emergency services have already taken part in the search for a missing girl on Mount Cerchov. But there is no trace. The police warn: "The girl's chances are falling by the hour."

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Fireman on a hiking trail: The search for the eight-year-old continues

Photo: Armin Weigel / dpa

In the search for the missing eight-year-old girl in the border area between Bavaria and the Czech Republic, a so-called Alpine task force is now to help.

The police officers, who are specially trained for operations in the mountains, come from southern Upper Bavaria to the Upper Palatinate, said a police spokesman.

The Bavarian Broadcasting Corporation reported on it first.

The search continued during the night, said the police spokesman in the morning.

So far, however, there has been no new evidence or knowledge as to where the eight-year-old could be.

"The girl's chances are falling from hour to hour," said police spokesman Josef Weindl of the "Passauer Neue Presse": "A child can make it over two days without food and drink." The cold is the big problem.

In the past few nights, the temperatures have moved around freezing point.

The child may have found some protection in a cave.

"Every hour is important," Weindl told the newspaper.

The Czech police are also still looking for the girl.

On Tuesday, the authorities called on all citizens who had been on the Cerchov mountain and its surroundings between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Sunday to report immediately to the police emergency number.

The authorities have now issued a public search with a photo of the child.

According to the police, more than 800 emergency services from both countries have been involved in the search so far.

In addition, 40 search dogs, including several specially trained person search dogs, as well as police helicopters and drones are in use.

The forces of Bavarian fire brigades, the technical relief organization (THW) and the mountain rescue service also participated.

"It is difficult terrain, there is deep forest all around," said the Czech police spokeswoman Dana Ladmanova.

Foresters and employees of the Bohemian Forest National Park (Sumava), who are familiar with the impassable and sometimes rocky terrain, also help in the search.

The police called on people in the area not to search on their own.

"We ask you not to dare to climb the mountain, but to stay down here on the streets and in the surrounding communities to keep your eyes open, simply so as not to put yourself in danger here," said a spokesman for the police headquarters Upper Palatinate.

"Not that we might have to rescue other people from the mountain or even look for them."

Lost sight of while playing

The parents from the Berlin area went hiking on the Cerchov mountain with their two children and a nephew on Sunday.

The summit, known in German as Schwarzkopf, is about two kilometers from the German-Czech border, roughly in the middle of a triangle made up of Waldmünchen, Furth im Wald and Domazlice.

According to the information, the children played and distanced themselves from their parents.

When they could no longer be found, the family notified the rescue workers.

While a son and nephew were found early Sunday evening, the eight-year-old daughter was missing.

The police do not assume that there has been a crime, the child has probably lost his way.

The eight-year-old family is being looked after psychologically, said Dominic Stigler from the police headquarters in Regensburg.

Bavaria's Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann (CSU) assured the family that the search would continue until the child was found.

"We're doing everything we can to find the eight-year-old as quickly as possible, day and night," he told the "Bild".

ptz / dpa

Source: spiegel

All life articles on 2021-10-12

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