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Two hikers crushed by avalanche in Switzerland rescued after their pet dogs repeatedly barked for help


TWO hikers crushed by an avalanche in Switzerland have been rescued after their dogs barked persistently for help.

The pooches attracted the attention of nearby snow-shoers who spotted the hikers, despite one being entirely buried by snow, and dug them out.

The two hikers were rescued by a group of snow-shoers, attracted by their barking dogs (file photo)

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The two hikers were rescued by a group of snow-shoers, attracted by their barking dogs (file photo)Credit: Reuters
Swiss air ambulance service Rega said the dogs had managed to avoid the avalanche that buried their owners (file photo)

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Swiss air ambulance service Rega said the dogs had managed to avoid the avalanche that buried their owners (file photo)Credit: Reuters

The passers-by rescued the pair from a spot off the hiking trail in the Avers Valley of south-western Switzerland, near the Italian border and west of St Moritz.

Air ambulance service Rega said the dogs had somehow avoided the masses of snow that buried their owners.

They were able to draw attention to themselves by barking loudly, Reuters reported.

“The dogs attracted the attention of a group of snow-shoers who were some distance away in the same valley but had not witnessed the avalanche.”

The avalanche had swept the pair off the trail shortly after 3pm on Saturday.

The group of snow-shoers was reportedly at the scene just 15-20 minutes after the avalanche. 

One of the avalanche victims’ hands was reportedly visible, while the other person had been buried entirely, Rega said.

Both hikers were suffering slight injuries when they were dug out, and were suffering from mild hypothermia.

Rega flew both patients to hospital by helicopter.



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