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Austrian rescue teams searched for musicians and "celebrities"

Austrian rescue teams searched for musicians and "celebrities"
Austrian rescue teams searched for musicians and "celebrities"
Recently Austrian rescuers had to work more than usual. Two men were unable to descend from the Alpine slopes without assistance. One of the unlucky climbers was a musician, while the second pretended to be a celebrity.

Two women decided to conquer the Alpine peaks in the vicinity of Salzburg. But before the ascent they had completely forgotten to put on special mountain shoes to feel comfortable and safe. In addition, they also ignored the warning of the rescue service about the possibility of avalanches in the mountains.

One woman, who was a German musician of the Cologne orchestra, was rescued from the Nohstein mountain slope near the Koppl-Guggental resort in the Salzburg federal land. During the ascent she felt that the surface is so slippery that she could not continue climbing. The descent was also impossible due to the strong rime.

The second incident occurred at the nearby Gaisberg peak. A 21-year-old woman stuck on the slope due to the same reason – no special shoes. She was evacuated from the mountain on a helicopter. After the landing, the first thing the unfortunate climber said to the police was: "Let me go, I'm a celebrity!"

Austrian Times web site emphasizes that, despite such behavior, the Austrian rescuers are not going to send out a bill to a scandalous person for the rescue operation. As noted by the publication, most rescue operations at the alpine ski resorts in Austria are free of charge.

It is worth noting that this season not all rescue operations in the Austrian Alps are free, as it was in the case with two above-mentioned participants. So, in mid-February, the middle son of the Queen Beatrix of Holland was buried under an avalanche riding on the virgin lands outside the marked tracks at the Lech ski resort. Then the rescuers spent 20 minutes to evacuate the prince.

Ilya Kalachev

Date: 07/03/2012

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