Eight killed in two tragic days after third deadly snow avalanche hits Austria

One person was killed and four others injured in an avalanche in western Austria on Saturday – a day after two other avalanches killed seven skiers

A police helicopter and emergency teams work at the site of an avalanche on February 4 (

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Eight people have died in a series of avalanches over two tragic days in Austria.

One person was killed and four others injured in an avalanche in western Austria on Saturday, police said.

It came just a day after two other avalanches killed seven skiers as heavy snowfall followed by warmer weather made for unusually dangerous conditions.

Austrian broadcaster ORF said the person killed in Saturday’s avalanche in Schmirn, Tyrol, was a 58-year-old local man.

In the same province, a 42-year-old Austrian mountain and ski guide and four Swedish skiers, all men in their 40s, were killed on Friday when an avalanche near Spiss on the border with Switzerland buried them completely, police said.

An avalanche hit the Tyrolean-Swiss border in Spiss, Landeck district, Austria
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Another member of the group, a 43-year-old Swede, was able to phone for help and was rescued, police said.

Two Austrian skiers were killed in a third incident.

Emergency services found the bodies of the two Austrian skiers, a woman aged 61 and a 60-year-old man, at 00.40 am on Saturday (11.40pm GMT).

Their relatives had raised the alarm when they could no longer be contacted, police said.

Heavy snowfall followed by warmer weather made for unusually dangerous conditions (file photo)
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The pair had set out in the Tyrol region on Friday afternoon and the man told a contact by phone at 3.30 pm (14.30 GMT) that they had reached the 1,868-metre Breitegg peak.

That was their last contact.

“After they could no longer be reached, relatively made an emergency call at around 9:40 pm,” police said in a statement.

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