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Skier dies from fall in Valais glacier crevasse

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Skier dies from fall in Valais glacier crevasse
Photo: Valais cantonal police
22:01 CEST+02:00
A 50-year-old man lost his life on the weekend after falling into a crevasse while crossing a glacier in Fieschertal in the canton of Valais.

The man, from the canton of Solothurn, was with a group of three mountaineering skiers descending on Saturday from the Gletscherjoch, a mountain 3,766 metres high, cantonal police said on Sunday.

At an altitude of 3,450 metres a “snow bridge” gave way beneath the skis of the victim, who tumbled 25 metres to his death, police said in a statement.

Fog in the region prevented a helicopter rescue on Saturday, according to the statement.

Rescue workers from Bletten-Belalp and Conches were able to retrieve the man’s body on Sunday morning in collaboration with Air Zermatt, police said. 

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