Arachnophobe calls police to deal with spider in Chur home

A woman with a phobia of spiders hit the headlines after calling out police to her apartment in the eastern Swiss town of Chur on Saturday night to deal with something not usually considered worthy of police time – the discovery of a large eight-legged arachnid in her bedroom.

Arachnophobe calls police to deal with spider in Chur home
Not the spider in question. File photo: amnachphoto/Depositphotos
The woman was visibly suffering from arachnophobia when the police arrived. 
“Because of her spider phobia she could not enter the bedroom while the insect was in it,” said Chur police in a brief statement.
Speaking to Blick, the 28-year-old beautician, named as Fia Tuor, said she was home alone when she spotted the spider in her bed. 
At first she thought it was plastic, perhaps put there as a practical joke by a friend. But then it moved. 
“My hands were prickling and I could barely breathe,” she told the paper. 
She called a friend, who was unable to come and help. She did not want to disturb neighbours since it was just before midnight, she said. 
Finally, she called the fire service, who notified police, and three officers turned up at her door. 
“They took me seriously and did not joke,” she says. 
Officers managed to capture the spider in a cardboard box and release it outside. 
They were surprised by the size of the creature, said Blick. 


Two mountaineers killed and 9 injured in ice fall in Swiss mountains

A Frenchwoman and a Spaniard were killed and nine other mountaineers were injured on Friday in an ice fall in southwest Switzerland, police said following a rescue attempt involving several helicopters.

Two mountaineers killed and 9 injured in ice fall in Swiss mountains

Police received calls at 6.20 am reporting that mountaineers had been caught up in falling seracs — columns of glacial ice formed by crevasses — on the Grand Combin, a glacial massif near the Italian border in the Wallis region.

Seven helicopters with mountain rescue experts flew to the scene, finding 17 mountaineers split among several groups.

“Two people died at the scene of the accident,” Wallis police said in a statement. They were a 40-year-old Frenchwoman and a 65-year-old man from Spain.

Nine mountaineers were airlifted to hospitals in nearby Sion and in Lausanne. Two of them are seriously injured, police said.

Other mountaineers were evacuated by helicopter.

The regional public prosecutor has opened an investigation “to determine the circumstances of this event”, the police said.

The serac fall happened at an altitude of 3,400 metres in the Plateau de Dejeuner section along the Voie du Gardien ascent route.

The Grand Combin massif has three summits above 4,000 metres, the highest of which is the Combin de Grafeneire at 4,314 metres.

The police issued a note of caution about setting off on such high-altitude expeditions.

“When the zero-degree-Celsius isotherm is around 4,000 metres above sea level, it is better to be extra careful or not attempt the route if in doubt,” Wallis police said.

“The golden rule is to find out beforehand from the mountain guides about the chosen route and its current feasibility.”