Scores of hikers, skiers and climbers dying on Austria’s mountains

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Mountaineers and winter sports enthusiasts travelling to Austria’s Alps are being warned of the deadly risks after an uptick in deaths and serious accidents in mountainous areas. Of the 266 people who died in 2023 while hiking, skiing and climbing on mountains, most died due to cardiovascular problems, says the Austrian Board of Trustees for Alpine Safety (ÖKAS) in an annual review published in late January. In 66 cases, people died after falling. While the Austrian Alpine death toll has remained relatively constant in recent years, the number of injuries being documented has jumped. Last year…

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