By Oisin Sweeney • 26 January 2021 • 20:40
Rescuers fear the group may have been swept away by an avalanche in snowy Monte Velino - Image Source: Wikimedia
ITALIAN RESCUE teams are battling the winter elements to find a group of hikers who have been missing since Sunday on a mountain in Abruzzo.
The group of four men, three aged 25 accompanied by a 60-year old man, were last heard from on Sunday as they hiked on Monte Velino in Italy’s Abruzzo region – located east of Rome’s Lazio in the centre of the country.
Rescuers have been working in treacherous snowy conditions to find the group, though many fear that the hikers may have been swept away in an avalanche. Three helicopters have been deployed to the mountainous region, while expert “sentinel” teams monitor potential snowfalls and avalanches from strategic ridges to protect rescuers.
Dog units have experienced difficulty due to thick snow, while all search efforts had to be called off after nightfall for safety reasons as temperatures plunge well below zero. Local politicians visited the base camp, located 10 kilometres from where the group’s trail vanished. The families of the hikers are on the site, and are being treated by psychologists are they anxiously await news from the rescue.
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Oisin is an Irish writer based in Seville, the sunny capital of Andalucia. After starting his working life as a bookseller, he moved into journalism and cut his teeth as a reporter at one of Ireland's biggest news websites. Since joining Euro Weekly News in November, he has enjoyed covering the latest stories from Seville, Spain and further afield - with special interests in crime, cybersecurity, and European politics. Anyone who can pronounce his name first try gets a free cerveza...
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