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.
According to the police, the teachers arrived with young men from the German city of Ludwigshafen in the afternoon to their accommodation in the nearby district of Heuberg. Since the weather was nice at that time, the teachers immediately decided to walk with the young people through Kleinwalsertal, a popular hiking area.
The group followed a path that one of the teachers found 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.”
However, the rain on the road made the road slippery, and due to the lack of good walking shoes, the group decided to turn back. Then the Taliban slipped and were slightly wounded. When panic arose among the students, the teachers decided to call the emergency services. Fortunately, two helicopters were provided to take the students to safety. Andy Hyde, Mayor of Mittelberg, said all 107 attendees were taken in groups of three to a nearby forest trail.
Police said that in addition to the injured, many of the students were “tired, hypothermic, wet and completely exhausted”. On their return, the crisis team was present to receive the exhausted and hypothermic students.
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