Advertisement

Swiss Alps claim five lives in fatal weekend

Share this article

One hiker died on the Piz Lishana. Photo: Vasile Cotovanu
11:58 CEST+02:00
The past weekend was a deadly one in the Swiss mountains, with the deaths of three hikers, a paraglider and a base-jumper.

A 62-year-old man lost his life on Saturday night on the Piz Lischana after tripping and falling 200m, reported Graubünden cantonal police.

In the canton of Valais, a 43-year-old Spanish woman died on Sunday morning near Saas-Almagell after leaving the marked trail and being hit by falling ice.

The Spaniard was the second person to die in the area in recent weeks, after a 74-year-old woman lost her life in a fall on a trail above Saas-Almagell on August 17th.

A 58-year-old woman also died on Sunday after falling from a cliff whilst descending Kleiner Mythen near Alpthal in the canton of Schwyz.

In the Jura, a 74-year-old paraglider died after losing control and smashing into a rockface at Balmberg bei Günsberg in the canton of Solothurn.

Witnesses called Swiss air ambulance service Rega but rescue workers were unable to save him.

A base-jumper also lost his life this weekend in Walenstadt in the canton of St Gallen.

The 45-year-old Norwegian man jumped from the ‘Sputnik’ departure point above the Walensee and crashed into a meadow below.

Mountain bikers discovered the man and called Rega, but he was already dead, said St Gallen cantonal police.

Accidents in the mountains are a frequent occurrence in Switzerland.

Story continues below…

The website of hiking organization Schweizer Wanderwege maintains a comprehensive body of safety advice for hikers, with tips on what to do if caught in a storm and how to deal with an emergency situation.

The organization records around 9,000 hiking accidents a year, of which about 40 are fatal.

Most of them could be avoided if hikers followed certain guidelines, it says, which include preparing properly, having decent equipment and choosing a hike suited to one’s ability level.

Share this article

Advertisement

From our sponsors

How to get British healthcare no matter where you are

Navigating the health care system in another country can be tough, and even when it all works out, sometimes you just miss the comfort of the system back home. But there's a solution.

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement

Popular articles

Advertisement
Advertisement