Saturday 21 April 2018

Irish woman (65) dies after falling 200m while hiking in the Alps

Stubaier Hohenweg
Stubaier Hohenweg

Robin Schiller

An Irish woman has died after falling some 200m while hiking in the Alps mountain range.

The 65-year-old was travelling with an English companion and a German tour group when the tragedy occurred.

The incident happened in the Austrian section of the mountain range, on the Stubaier Hohenweg route in Gschnitz, around 40km from the city of Innsbruck

A spokesman for the Tyrol state police department confirmed that the fatality happened at approximately 10.35am local time on Wednesday morning.

"As her English companion was travelling at a faster pace, the Irishwoman joined a five person German group, and she accompanied this group at a distance," the spokesman said.

Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the tragedy and have not yet identified a cause for the fall.

However, it is being treated as a tragic accident.

The casualty fell over a marked sidewalk onto a rocky grassland approximately 200m below, according to local police.

A police helicopter was called and managed to recover the woman's body.

Her English companion and the German tour group also boarded the helicopter after declining to continue their hike.

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