20-year-old American mountaineer dies over Lake Brienz

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20-year-old American mountaineer dies over Lake Brienz


The young woman fell several hundred meters, out of sight of the rest of the members of her group. Helicoptered to hospital, she died there shortly after.


The fatal accident took place in the municipality of Oberried am Brienzersee (BE).


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The fatal accident took place in the municipality of Oberried am Brienzersee (BE).


A 20-year-old American mountaineer had an accident on Tuesday around 4.30 p.m. while descending from the Blasenhubel summit in the municipality of Oberried am Brienzersee (BE). Seriously injured, she was taken to hospital by helicopter, where she died shortly after.

An investigation has been opened, the Oberland regional prosecution and the Bernese cantonal police said on Wednesday. The victim was part of a group of six climbers. She fell several hundred meters, out of sight of the rest of the group.

Two climbers finally managed to locate her, get to her and guide the helicopter that came to rescue her. The medical team immediately provided treatment. Helicoptered to hospital, the young woman died there shortly after.

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