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Many mountain accidents: police warn of dangers in alpine terrain

2022-04-09T10:03:48.658Z

Many mountain accidents: police warn of dangers in alpine terrain Created: 04/09/2022 11:53 am The north side of the Sonnenberggrat in Unterammergau is still covered in snow and ice. © PP OBS District - The mountain guides of the police warn of accidents as often happened in the past. It's still winter in the Alps, which can be treacherous with snow and ice. 55 people - and thus more than ever



Many mountain accidents: police warn of dangers in alpine terrain

Created: 04/09/2022 11:53 am

The north side of the Sonnenberggrat in Unterammergau is still covered in snow and ice.

© PP OBS

District - The mountain guides of the police warn of accidents as often happened in the past.

It's still winter in the Alps, which can be treacherous with snow and ice.

55 people - and thus more than ever before - lost their lives in the alpine terrain in 2021, said spokesman Stefan Sonntag from the police headquarters in Oberbayern-Süd.

In 2022, 16 fatal mountain accidents had to be recorded again.

The police mountain guides of the Alpine Task Force (AEG) of the police headquarters in Oberbayern-Süd therefore warn of the dangers that the currently prevailing wintry conditions in the mountains entail.

In the past few weeks, three people have lost their lives in tragic mountain accidents in Unterammergau on the Sonnenberggrat:

  • A 41-year-old man from the district of Rosenheim fell around 200 meters to his death there on March 21.

  • Just eight days later, on March 29, search teams from the mountain rescue service and the police found two more people who had died in an accident.

    The body of an initially missing mountain hiker (51) from Munich was found below the Sonnenberg ridge and a second dead person very close to the site.

    It was a 48-year-old man from Ingolstadt.

"Both mountain hikers are likely to have had an accident independently of one another," explains the police spokesman.

"According to the current status of the police investigation, the cause of these tragic accidents was the prevailing wintry conditions in the mountains." This applies to the entire area of ​​the Alps in southern Upper Bavaria:

  • While most of the paths on the south side of the mountains are already free of snow, there is still snow and ice, especially on the shady sides.

  • The danger of slipping off or slipping on hard snow should not be underestimated, even on relatively easy climbs.

  • In addition to suitable equipment such as sturdy shoes or even crampons, mountain hikers should also consider ending their tour if the conditions appear critical.

"A warning of individual dangerous places in the alpine terrain is not possible due to the large number of such places," explains the police spokesman.

The avalanche warning service in Bavaria can also provide some helpful information when planning a tour.

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Source: merkur

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