Dutchman freezes to death in Alps
1 September 2006, AMSTERDAM — A 46-year-old Dutchman froze to death in the Alps on Wednesday, local police said.
1 September 2006
AMSTERDAM — A 46-year-old Dutchman froze to death in the Alps on Wednesday, local police said.
The man and a friend were descending on the Italian side of the 4,048 metre high Piz Bernina when they were caught up in a snowstorm and mist. They had to spend the night on the mountain without shelter.
One of them died while his companion reached a hut after hours of walking through the bad weather. A rescue helicopter found him at a height of 3,800 metres on Thursday when the weather cleared.
He was brought to hospital and was treated for frostbite. A police spokesman said the man was so weak he could barely move.
Swiss press agency ATS said his friend's death was the 27th fatality in the Alps this summer.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]
Subject: Dutch news