Tuesday, 30. September 2014
09. 02. 09. - 15:00
There were two serious skiing accidents in Upper Austria on Thursday.
A man, 51, from St. Ulrich bei Steyr in Upper Austria’s Steyr-Land district, and a boy, 10, from Deutsch-Wagram in Lower Austria’s Gänserndorf district collided at the Wurzeralm skiing area.
The man made a left turn while skiing fast and ran into the slowly-moving boy with such force that he flew into the air and turned a full summersault before landing on the piste.
Rescuers took the seriously-injured boy to the valley and then transported him to Rottenmann hospital. The man injured his knee and possibly broke his breastbone. The boy was wearing a helmet, but the man was not.
In another incident, a boy, 15, from Kematen an der Ybbs in Lower Austria’s Amstetten district fell while skiing alone at the Kasberg skiing area. A doctor who happened to be in the area and a rescue team gave the boy first-aid, after which he was helicoptered to Linz General Hospital.
The boy suffered severe head injuries despite wearing a helmet. His fate lends credence to the view of a top sport medic who claims helmets are effective only at very low speeds.
Karl-Heinz Kristen, vice president of the Deutsch-Österreichisch-Schweizerischen Gesellschaft für Orthopädisch-Traumatologische Sportmedizin (GOTS or German-Austrian-Swiss Association for Orthopedic-Traumatic Sport Medicine) has said making helmets mandatory doesn’t make sense.
He said: "A helmet is not a panacea," noting a helmet provided adequate protection of the head only when the speed of a skier’s collision with an immovable object was no higher than 20 kilometres an hour - slower than speeds reached by most skiers.
Helmets made sense for members of Alpine groups such as rescuers, ski instructors, emergency doctors, care-givers and professional skiers, Kristen added.
Rare Bald Ibis Makes Microlight Flight To Italy
The project to introduce an extinct bird back to Europe is hailing success after successfully negotiating a new route over the Alps and training 14 Northern Bald Ibises how to fly south to winter feeding grounds in southern Tuscany.
Pat On The Back From Manure Explosive
A traffic cop in Austria got more than he bargained for after a booby trap covered him head-to-toe in manure as he was trying to catch people speeding.
Viennese Jihad Girl May Have Been Killed
Austrian police say that one of the two attractive young teenage girls who fled the country to go to Syria to fight on the side of Islamic rebels may have been killed.
Perversion of a Medical Dream
The Decline and Fall of the Otto Wagner Hospital, Vienna.
Fat Can Be Used To Burn Off Weight After New Patent Unveiled
It is being hailed as a sensation after scientists at an Austrian university patented a method that transforms fat storing cells into mini factories capable of actually destroying fat by burning it off.
Three Family Members Dead In Well Tragedy
A mother has lost her husband, her pregnant daughter and her son-in-law after a tragic accident where one of them fell into a well and the other two died while trying to carry out a failed rescue.
Brit Soldier Rescued After Climbing Mountain In T Shirt
A British soldier who tackled the frozen Austrian Alps wearing just shorts and a T-shirt has been rapped by officials after he had to be rescued from the snowy peak.
Mum And Daughter Struck By Lightning In Pool
A mother and her daughter were hospitalised after they were struck by lightning – in a swimming pool.
Police Nab Porn Star Who Filmed In Local Church
A woman accused of making a porn movie in a local church has been caught after an informant tipped off police that he recognised her by her breasts after an appeal for information.
Young Hip Hop Dancer Gets 18 Years For Drug Smuggling
A blonde hip hop dancer and charity worker promised an international career after she was spotted by a talent scout has been jailed for 18 years in Indonesia after her work offer turned out to have been part of an elaborate drugs con.
The most popular stories –
last 7 days
|Porn Scandal Over Latvian PM Press Aide|
|Tragic Schoolboy Aged 11 Leaps To His Death|
|Evil Dad Hunted By Cops After Beating Son To Force Wife Back|
|High Speed Segway Chase Nabs Crook|
|Bystander Almost Killed When Car Explodes|
Why suffer in silence. Let off steam by letting our readers share your troubles. File your complaints about anything and everything here.
Our ombudsman David Rogers will try and help solve some of the problems from lazy civil servants through to incompetent companies – and at the very least the worst transgressors will end up in our weekly special report.