On the 11. August 2019, shortly after 10.00 clock, a mountain accident occurred on the Obergabelhorn. A mountaineer lost his life.

A group of three German climbers climbed the Obergabelhorn (4064 m.ü.M). On the northeast ridge, at a height of about 4000 meters, a member of the group fell for some unknown reason about 400 meters in the depth. The group was not roped at the time of the accident.

The rescue team of Air-Zermatt could only spot the death of the 34-year-old victim. The cantonal police Valais and Air Zermatt were in action.

Picture: Cantonal police Valais

Two alpinists also died in the Combins massif

Two mountaineers, an 38 year-old Italian tour guide and guest, left the Valsorey Hut (3030 m.ü.M) in the early morning of the 10. August. On the way to the Meitinpass (3610 m.ü.M.) they were surprised by a rock fall.

After being alerted by the guide, the emergency personnel of the FXB Rescue House, who went to the drop-off point despite the difficult weather conditions, were only able to detect the death of the guest. The severely injured mountain guide was flown by helicopter to the hospital in Sion, where he died shortly thereafter.

The second victim is also an Italian citizen. The formal identification is in progress.

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Credits: Report and images of the cantonal police Valais


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