Swiss mountains claim four weekend victims

Swiss mountain accidents claimed the lives of four men at the weekend, including a 61-year-old man who died from injuries suffered while flying as a passenger with a paraglider in the canton of Schwyz.

Swiss mountains claim four weekend victims
View of Fluebrig mountain where the passenger of a tandem paragliding pair died in a crash. Photo: Roland zh/Wikimedia Commons

The pair crashed into a rock wall in the Fluebrig mountain area of the canton of Schwyz, cantonal police said on Sunday.

Shortly after taking off they got into trouble for unknown reasons and struck a rock face at Diethelm in the Schywzer Mountains around 3pm Saturday, police said in a statement.

The passenger suffered injuries that were so serious he died after the crash, the statement said.

The pilot, also aged 61, suffered serious foot and arm injuries and was transferred by a rescue helicopter to a local special clinic, police said.

One hour later, elsewhere in the canton of Schwyz another mountain accident claimed the life of a 28-year-old man in Alpthal.

Cantonal police said the man was descending the Kleiner Mythen mountain with a 27-year-old colleague when for unexplained reasons he fell off a 150-metre high cliff.

The colleague contacted emergency rescue officials who recovered the body.

Meanwhile, in the Bernese Oberland a 24-year-old man skiing with a mini-parachute died near Stechelberg in the Bernese Alps on Sunday morning.

Bern cantonal police said the "speedflying" enthusiast fell several hundred metres shortly after taking off.

Police said the causes of the accident weren't immediately known.

In another mishap in the canton of Vaud, a 23-year-old man died on Saturday afternoon while hiking on the massif of Gummfluh.

For undetermined reasons he slipped and fell 150 metres to his death, Vaud cantonal police said.


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