Lech am Arlberg, Austria – On February 2, 2017 a 64-year-old skier from Burgkunstadt, Germany went missing near Lech am Arlberg in Vorarlberg in Austria. The body was found two days later buried in avalanche debris.
When the man did not return to his hotel in Pettneu on Thursday, authorities were notified. They found the man’s car near the Flexenbahn at Alpe Rauz. Search efforts were initiated. Rescuers used helicopters, search dogs, and drones with thermal imaging cameras to search a variety of avalanche debris piles near the Madloch and Stierlock areas.
At 10:19 on Saturday, February 4, 2017 rescuers found the man by probing near the Madloch mountain station in Lech am Arlberg. He was buried 1.6 meters deep. It is thought that the man triggered the slide and was carried roughly 150 meters. He did not carry the proper safety equipment.
Lawis.at reports that the avalanche occurred at a lat/long of 47.1759° N / 10.1198° E. This is a 35 degree north aspect at 2380 meters. The slab avalanche was a size 3 slide that measured 215 meters long, 30 meters wide, and 60 centimeters deep.
The avalanche danger at the time of the accident was 3 out of 5 (considerable).
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