Ski Mountaineer Dies After Avalanche Near Sella Nevea In Italy (UPDATED)

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Sella Nevea, Italy – At approximately 11:30 am on Saturday, February 4, 2017, two ski mountaineers were caught in an off piste avalanche near Sella Nevea in the Julian Alps in the Udine province of Italy.

The ski mountaineers were traveling in a group of seven. When two of the skiers went ahead of the others they triggered the avalanche. The slide occurred at approximately 2200 meters in the Monte Canin group between Mount Golovec and Sella Prevela near the Gilberti shelter in the Funiforn area (DiarioDelWeb.it).

The slab avalanche measured 200 meters and was approximately 2.5 meters deep. The two skiers were caught and the rest of the group initiated a rescue using avalanche beacons. One was found partially buried with a possible fractured knee. The other was buried 2.2 meters deep and suffered serious injuries. Rescuers evacuated the injured men via helicopter.

The avalanche danger at the time was 3 out of 5 (considerable).

Update 2/6: On late Monday afternoon, the seriously injured skier was declared dead. The victim was identified as Michael Fedele, 41. Read more on DiarioDelWeb.it and BlitzQuotidiano.it.


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