Ramsau near Berchtesgaden (dpa) – Thursday should bring the end of the tormenting uncertainty: the search for a mountaineer who had an accident in the Berchtesgaden Alps will continue. The day before, the helpers had tried to find the 24-year-old, who had already gotten into trouble on the Hochkalter on Saturday, using a special tracking device. After the sonar device had initially led them on the wrong track and only a crashed weather balloon appeared under the snow, the rescuers found at least the backpack of the young man from Lower Saxony on Wednesday afternoon.
This at least narrows down the previously unknown whereabouts of the 24-year-old. However, because the area was again surrounded by clouds after the backpack was found, no further mountain rescuers could be flown to the site for a more comprehensive search for the time being. As a result, hopes of finding the climber alive continued to dwindle.
The 24-year-old slipped on Saturday at Hochkalter near Ramsau near Berchtesgaden. He made an emergency call because he could hardly hold himself up in the steep terrain in the freezing cold and snowstorm. Since then all contact has been lost. It was impossible to search for him for days on foot or by helicopter because of the snowstorm and the corresponding risk of avalanches in the steep, high-Alpine terrain. Good weather should finally prevail on Thursday.
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