Two-year-old rescued from crevice after 14-hour ordeal

The girl had strayed from a hiking trail in the Aletsch region in the canton of Valais and fell into a six-metre hole.

Two-year-old rescued from crevice after 14-hour ordeal
Photo: rdonar/Depositphotos

More than 100 rescue personnel worked for 14 hours to dig the girl out safely, according to reports in several Swiss dailies. 

“In a very short time we had to clear blocks of rock centimeter by centimeter,” said Matthias Lorenz, head of the Aletsch fire department, cited by Swiss public broadcaster RTS. “I'd never experienced such a rescue mission,” added the fireman department chief. 

The child and her family were apparently from German-speaking Switzerland and were on holiday in the alpine region, adds RTS.

According to a police spokesman cited by the paper, the girl was trapped in the hole from 11.45am to 2am the next morning, a more than 14-hour ordeal for the toddler. 

The child was not hurt, according to reports. Initial reports suggest the accident was not related to the recent landslides in Moosfluh

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WATCH: Swiss water police rescue drowning deer

Water police in the Swiss canton of Zug were called into action on Monday afternoon to rescue a deer in difficulties. An expat in the area caught the incident on camera.

WATCH: Swiss water police rescue drowning deer
The animal was returned to the forest. Photo: Zug police

Water and environmental police had just carried out a joint exercise on Lake Aegeri when a boy informed officers the animal was in trouble in the water, the force said in a statement.

Officers used the Bella patrol boat to track down the roe deer, locating it a long way from the safety of shore.

Kovaldas Balciauskas, an expat based in Oberägeri told The Local via email be had been playing tennis when the deer came charging through the village and slammed into the fence surrounding the tennis courts.

“We continued to play tennis and the deer remained in the creek for about 20–30 minutes before it ran out of the mouth of the creek and proceeded to swim away from shore,” he wrote.

When he and his friend Will Pendered saw the animal was struggling, they decided to jump in a row boat to see if they could help the animal. 

“If it began to struggle we would have intervened but it was unnecessary,” Balciauskas wrote, noting police vessels were already intervening. His video footage above shows the rescue in progress.

 Photo: Zug Police

The animal was returned to shore shortly afterwards.

“Wildlife officers returned the deer to the forest where it could recover from the shock,” police said in their statement.

“This was an unusual operation for water police and environmental protection officers which, to the delight of everyone involved, ended happily,” they said.