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Man suffers injuries in climbing wall fall

A 33-year-old man has suffered head and shoulder injuries after a fall at an indoor climbing hall in St Gallen.

Man suffers injuries in climbing wall fall
Photo: St Gallen police

The accident happened on Thursday night, the Blick newspaper reported quoting St Gallen police.

According to the police, the man lost his grip when climbing the wall without being adequately secured.

He fell ten metres and landed on the floor.

The injured indoor climber was taken to hospital.

The indoor climbing gym says under its terms and conditions on its website that the sport involves some risk and it takes no responsibility for injuries.

The staff are not obliged to ensure people are following the safety rules, it says.

ACCIDENT

US teen who drowned in Switzerland was ‘piano prodigy’

The 13-year-old American boy who drowned recently in the Burgseeli near Interlaken has been described as an accomplished pianist and hockey player by his family.

US teen who drowned in Switzerland was 'piano prodigy'
Albert Yin was described as a gentle giant. Photo: Albert Yin Memorial Fund

Albert Yin from Maryland drowned in late June while swimming in the lake which is popular bathing spot in summer.

The boy was rescued by a police diver and resuscitated at the scene. He was then airlifted to hospital. But he later died at the facility.

Albert was a great ice hockey player and pianist, according to comments made by his family to US broadcaster CBS

“Over the summer, we go to perform in prestigious venues overseas. So this year, we had gone to Italy and we had gone to Switzerland and after our concerts, we would go to do vacation and touristy things,” his sister Margaret told CBS. 

The day before Albert died, the 13-year-old had performed the Hungarian Rhapsody by Liszt at the Culture and Convention Centre (KKL) in Lucerne. 

Albert Yin's have now sent up a crowdfunding campaign to help fund funeral expenses and the setting up of a memorial scholarship in his name. 

A Swiss police investigation into the teen's death is still underway, according to the Blick newspaper.