Any help too late – Mountain drama: 56-year-old dies on ski tour at Vienna Rocks

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BA 56-year-old Viennese man died Friday afternoon on a ski tour at Rocks. About 100 meters below the Karl-Ludwig-Haus (1,804 meters above the Adriatic) he suddenly sat down complaining of chest pains, as reported by the Styria State Police.

He collapsed and fell 50 meters down a steep terrain. Rescue operations that were immediately initiated were unsuccessful.

The man started a ski trip on Breiner Kscheid (1070 m above sea level) in the Bruck-Marschlag district with friends from Vienna and Lower Austria. Around 12 noon he informed his companions that he was not feeling well. After the accident he came to rest in a mountain pine field. The partners immediately descended and began resuscitation measures, then the team continued from the alerted rescue helicopter. An emergency physician pronounced the man dead around 1 p.m.

A police helicopter was also used to bring mountain rescue teams and an Alpine police officer to the scene of the crash. However, the body could not be recovered with a rope due to strong winds. It was finally carried out by ground by the M├╝rzzuschlag mountain rescue service. The cause of death is under investigation. There was no evidence of foul play at the scene.

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