• Lexi Ponder

7 climbers in Rome fall to their death

On Aug. 27, 2017, seven climbers fell to their deaths in two different situations. Five climbers fell to their deaths while climbing in the Austrian Alps, and two others were killed during a group roped climbing in the Italian Alps.

According to government officials, the five climbers in the Austrians Alps were German citizens, whereas the two in the Italian Alps were Italian.

The climbers in Austria fell a distance of 300 meters (1,000 feet) onto a glacier near the town of Krimml, according to Dr. Egbert Ritter, a trauma surgeon at the AUVA hospital in Salzburg, Austria. Another man who was climbing with the five climbers, about 60 years of age, is in intensive care at the hospital, but Dr. Ritter says his injuries are not life-threatening.

CNN reported that Dr. Ritter said, “The climbers fell at around 10 a.m. (4 a.m. ET) about 1.5 kilometers south of a mountain cabin called the Zittauer Hutte at an altitude of around 3,000 meters.” Six helicopters arrived to assist the survivors and retrieve the bodies.

The pair of climbers who fell to their deaths in the Italian Alps was a woman and a man in their mid-30s. They were killed as they began to climb the Adamello glacier in the Trentino Alto Adige region. The climbers were with a group of nine Italians from the city of Brescia. The climbers were all connected by three ropes; the two fell when those down on the lowest rope slipped on the glacier and dragged down others higher up the slope.

Two other climbers were seriously injured, including a 14-year-old boy. Three rescue helicopters were at the scene to help recover the group and the two dead climbers.