Three French ski mountaineers swept away by an avalanche in Trentino: rescued and extracted alive, one is in serious condition

Three French ski mountaineers swept away by an avalanche in Trentino: rescued and extracted alive, one is in serious condition

The toll from an avalanche that yesterday swept away three French ski mountaineers (aged between 35 and 36) in Val Gelada, at an altitude of 2,200 metres, not far from Madonna di Campiglio, is three injured, one of whom is in serious condition. .

“Avalanche danger”

Yesterday the conditions of the snowpack, after the heavy rainfall of the previous hours, were anything but reassuring, with the avalanche bulletin in Western Trentino (like today) indicating a “marked” danger, therefore level 3 on a scale of 1 to 5.

The avalanche breaks off

According to what has been reconstructed, the group climbed to altitude between Malga Mondifrà and the Tre Sassi mouth. And it is precisely in this area that the avalanche that overwhelmed them came off around 1pm. The alarm was raised by one of the three, who was only partially buried. As luck would have it, two other people were engaged in a ski mountaineering ascent in the same area, one of them an alpine rescue technician: he heard the screams with the request for help and intervened, providing first aid with the help of the ‘Artva. In a few minutes the two companions buried under the snow were found and freed.

One hospitalized in serious condition

Due to the weather, it was impossible to use the helicopter, which was unable to reach the avalanche area. Help then arrived by land. Once reached, the injured were stabilized and taken to the valley on stretchers: from here they were airlifted to the Santa Chiara hospital in Trento. One of the three ski mountaineers is hospitalized in serious condition, while the second is out of danger.

The 31 operators who attended

In total, 31 operators intervened, including healthcare personnel and rescuers from the stations of Madonna di Campiglio, Pinzolo and Val Rendena, including 4 dog units and 2 members of the Alpine Rescue of the Guardia di Finanza, with the ground support of the snowmobiles of the Fire fighters. The technicians took steps not only to rescue the overwhelmed ski mountaineers but also to exclude the involvement of other people, through the reclamation of the area, carried out within an acceptable safety zone, also given the critical weather conditions.

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