Tuesday, 23. December 2014
29. 01. 13. - 17:00
Emergency services in Mayrhofen in Tyrol set out to rescue two British snowboarders who were lost in the ski area of Penken.
The snowboarders’ plan had been to go to Mayrhofen to get off the beaten track. They were stopped by a 100 metre-high rockface above Burgstall, a district of Schwendau.
At about 6 pm the 22 and 24 year old sportsmen sent an emergency call. They could, however, not specify their exact whereabouts. Twelve men of the mountain rescue set out to find the lost men. The snowboarders helped by describing the area which enabled the rescue team to limit the search area.
Local fire brigades from Schwendau and Mayrhofen provided floodlight.
The British maintained contact with the rescue team by phone.
Light signals also helped in locating the sportsmen two hours later. They were secured with 200-metre ropes and then safely rescued from the icy and steep terrain. Although slightly chilled, the British did not suffer any injuries.
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