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Five Czech tourists killed in avalanche in Austria

Prague, Czech Republic – Five Czech tourists were killed on Sunday morning in an avalanche in Austria, the Czech News Agency (CTK) reported.

The avalanche, measuring about 400 meters long and up to 200 meters wide, took place on Sunday around 9.30 am at an altitude of 2,800 metres in the Dachstein Mountains, in the Austrian Alps – a popular destination for domestic and foreign hikers.

According to the Czech News Agency, citing Czech Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs representative Michal Dudas, Austrian law enforcement authorities confirmed that the group of five people were all from the Czech Republic and had come to Austria for holiday. czech tourists austria

Although Austrian rescue teams and helicopters were quickly dispatched to the scene of the incident after several eye witnesses alerted the emergency services of the avalanche, none of the hikers survived.

The five Czech citizens were apparently on vacation in Austria when the incident occurred, and were due to come back to the Czech Republic in a matter of days.

Last summer, a 58-year-old Czech man died while hiking in Canada with two friends on Crowsnest Mountain, in south-western Alberta. He was pronounced dead on the scene by emergency rescue teams after reportedly falling from a cliff.