Ski tourer († 28) dies
Fatal avalanche accident on the Gorihorn
An avalanche broke loose on the Gorihorn in Davos on Sunday and buried a ski tourer. Despite rapid localization, he died on the avalanche field.
A woman and two men intended to climb the Gorihorn from the Flüelatal on Sunday. Due to the lack of snow, the three Germans broke off their ski tour about three hundred meters from the finish and started down the valley.
While the 24-year-old ski tourer decided to return to the valley via the ascent track, the two men drove down a southwest exposed slope. An avalanche broke out shortly after 12:45 p.m.
While one, a 22-year-old, was able to drive away from the avalanche, the other, a 28-year-old, was caught and buried by the avalanche. The two unburied people immediately began locating and rescuing their comrade and alerted the rescue services. Despite the man being quickly located and freed, he died on the avalanche field.
In addition to a Rega helicopter team, two Swiss Air Force helicopters were deployed at the WEF. These ensured that two rescue workers from the SAC section in Davos and the alpine police were transported quickly. The two survivors were flown into the valley with one of the army helicopters. There they were cared for by the Care-Team Grischun.
During the operation, every minute counted, as the weather conditions deteriorated quickly and drastically during the rescue operation. Together with the public prosecutor’s office, the alpine police of the Graubünden cantonal police have started investigations to clarify the avalanche accident. (jwg)