During the mountain operation of the German elite soldiers, an embankment occurs. Four men remain unscathed, one is buried. Hopes of finding him alive were shattered.
A German soldier of the Bundeswehr, who had an accident in Tyrol and was buried in a rock avalanche, is dead, and military and police forces were able to locate the 30-year-old, Austrian police said.
You could only get a dead man back. “We are in deep mourning,” the Ministry of Defense in Berlin wrote on Twitter. “Our thoughts are with relatives and companions.”
The man was a soldier of the Special Forces Command (KSK). The accident happened on Thursday in the municipality of Kirchdorf (Kitzbühel County) in the Kaiser Mountains. There, the elite unit completed mountain training. The soldier was buried when about 50 cubic meters of rock broke away from the site of the fall. The four other Germans with whom the man traveled remained unscathed.
A great avalanche of stones fell on him
The police informed that the five fell on a rope on a 40-meter rock. When the 30-year-old reached the foot of the wall, he wanted to climb back up the path to the starting point when a huge rock avalanche hit him. His comrades, who were already at the top, would immediately search for and alert the emergency services.
Commandos are trained to become mountain guides in the army to prepare for combat in the mountains. KSK is stationed in Calw (Baden-Württemberg).
The rescue was extremely difficult, the Austrian police said. The search for the missing person in difficult terrain was life-threatening and had to be temporarily suspended on Thursday due to the risk of further accidents. The rescuers initially feared that the operation might take several days.
As is usual with Alpine accidents, police investigations continue to determine whether there was or can be excluded third party guilt, a police spokesman for the dpa said. The notification is then sent to the prosecutor’s office. It is not yet clear when the investigations will be completed. (dpa)