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 Mürzzuschlag mountain rescue service. The cause of death is under investigation. There was no evidence of foul play at the scene.

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