Two missing after avalanche hits skiers in Austria | Weather News
Up to 10 people were initially believed to be missing based on video from a witness, but rescuers say eight of them have been identified and are no longer afraid of being buried.
Rescuers have launched a search for two people missing after an avalanche swept through ski slopes in western Austria.
The avalanche struck around 3pm (14:00GMT) Sunday in the Lech/Zuers freestyle ski area.
Initially, up to 10 people were thought to be missing based on video from a witness, but eight of them have been identified and are no longer afraid of being buried, the DPA news agency reported, citing rescue team spokesman.
One of those rescued was injured and taken to a hospital in the city of Innsbruck.
Regional Security Councilor Christian Gantner told the Austrian Press Agency (APA) that another person was injured but was able to free himself and go to another hospital.
The other six people spotted in the video were uninjured.
The fate of the last two remains unknown, the APA reported.
About 200 rescuers are searching the avalanche site near the town of Zuers.
Searchlights were installed on the snow to continue the search after dark on Sunday, and sniffer dogs were used to try to find the missing.
The avalanche struck the 2,700-meter (nearly 9,000-foot) high mountain of Trittkopf between Zuers and Lech am Arlberg, and snow fell as far as the nearby ski trails.
It came after days of snow in the high mountains and unusually warm weather on Christmas Day.
The local mountain rescue service has rated the avalanche danger as “high”.