A helicopter has rescued more than 100 German students and teachers from a dire situation in the Austrian city of Kleinwalsertal. 99 teenagers, aged 12 to 14, and eight teachers from the area around Ludwigshafen am Rhein, in the western Rhineland-Palatinate, were on their way on Tuesday on a route that was too challenging for their equipment and skills. This was reported by the police at night from Tuesday to Wednesday.
The teachers chose the path based on misinformation on the Internet. Police said the route was described on the Internet as a “traditional walk after work”. “Indeed, the narrow Heuberggrat is a partially exposed trail with climbing trails, and requires freedom from fear of heights, confidence underfoot and experience in alpine terrain.” In addition, the bottom would have been wet and slippery.
When part of the group decided to turn around, the two students slipped and were slightly injured. Then some students panicked, after which the teachers made an emergency call. Mittelberg Mayor Andy Hyde said two helicopters flew all 107 attendees to a nearby forest path. Police said that in addition to the injured, many of the students were “tired, hypothermic, wet and completely exhausted”.