Around 10 people buried in avalanche in free skiing area in Austria as huge search ongoing

  • Approximately 10 people are said to have been buried in an avalanche in Austria
  • Incident occurred around 3pm local time in Lech Zuers, according to local media
  • It is a popular skiing area and those buried said to be ‘winter sports enthusiasts’

Around 10 people were buried in an avalanche in the Lech/Zuers free skiing area in western Austria on Sunday, local media has reported.

The avalanche occurred at around 3pm, with several helicopters and search teams reportedly deployed soon afterwards. 

The Austrian Press Agency (APA) also reported that one person had been rescued.

‘We are doing everything we can to rescue the winter sports enthusiasts,’ quoted the municipality of Lech as saying.

Some 100 people were said to be involved in the search, with rescuers requesting headlamps so that they can continue the search in the dark.

Local media has reported around 10 people were buried in an avalanche in the Lech/Zuers free skiing area in western Austria

Lech/Zuers, in western Austria, markets itself as ‘one of the best ski areas in the world’ and part of the cradle of Alpine skiing.

The resort’s website said that the ski area was closed as of 5pm on Sunday and that there would be an update on skiing at 8am on Monday. 

A spokesperson for the resort could not immediately be reached for comment.

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