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Friday 9 December 2016

Helicopter rescue for trapped skiers

AUSTRIAN officials say two skiers have been rescued from a crevasse in a glacier high in the Alps after nearly 24 hours.

Mountain rescue spokeswoman Maria Riedler told the Austria Press Agency that the men, an Austrian and a German, were plucked out of the crevasse by helicopter on Sunday morning.

The two experienced skiers fell about 4 meters into the crevasse on the Grosses Wiesbachhorn mountain in Salzburg. They alerted authorities by cellphone, but bad weather thwarted rescue attempts.

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