Footage shows moment huge avalanche in Austria hits skiers who survived despite being buried under snow | World News

Dramatic footage shows the moment skiers were buried under an avalanche in the Austrian Alps on Christmas Day.

Austria’s defense ministry said around 3pm local time (2am UK time) 200 people and eight helicopters were involved in a search and rescue operation after an avalanche plunged down a mountain in the Zers am Arlberg ski area. were involved in the operation.

Initially, based on a witness video, 10 people were feared missing.

But in the early hours of Boxing Day, police revealed that only four people were buried after being buried in an avalanche. All survived despite injuries.

One of them was immediately rescued from the snow and taken to a hospital in Innsbruck with serious injuries.

gave The last two persons are unaccounted for The Austrian Press Agency (APA) reported on Monday that authorities were contacted late on Sunday and the search and rescue operation was suspended.

Local ski instructor Stephen Albrecht captured the moment of the avalanche on video and said he had “never seen an avalanche this big”.

Rescue workers stand near the site where an avalanche buried 10 skiers in the Lech/Zevers free skiing area in Arlberg, Austria on December 25, 2022.  Police Vorarlberg/Handout via Reuters This photo was provided by a third party.  No resales.  No archives.
Rescue workers stand near the site of an avalanche in western Austria.

Mr Albrecht said he was skiing with a close colleague when the avalanche started.

“I immediately decided to make a video… but I didn’t know how bad the avalanche would be.”

Mr Albrecht said he and his colleagues rushed down to help search for victims.

He added that rescue personnel and helicopters reached immediately.

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