Dutch Prince Johan
Friso buried in Austria avalanche
Dutch Prince Johan
Friso has been seriously injured in an avalanche while on a skiing holiday in
the Austrian resort of Lech
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Officials said the prince, 43, was buried under the snow for about 15 minutes
before being rescued. He was resuscitated at the scene and taken to hospital
in Innsbruck - the Dutch government said he was stable but "not out of danger".
Prince Friso is the second son of Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands.
members of the royal family were on holiday together in the Alpine resort. Dutch
Prime Minister Mark Rutte confirmed that the queen was there but had not been
involved in the incident.
The prince was skiing with between one and three
other people off the marked pistes when the avalanche hit shortly after midday
local time, said resort officials. No-one else was injured. He was wearing an
avalanche beeper which allowed rescuers to locate him quickly, said Pia Herbst,
spokeswoman for the Lech area tourism board.
The Austria Press Agency
quoted Lech's mayor, Ludwig Muxel, as saying the prince had been buried by an
avalanche measuring about 30m wide by 40m long.
The Dutch government said the prince's condition was stable but that he was
"not out of danger". An earlier statement said he was in intensive care and that
his life was "at risk". The statement said Queen Beatrix and Princess Mabel,
his wife, were with him but that it would be several days before a full prognosis
could be given.
In remarks to local media, Mr Rutte said he had told the
queen and the prince's wife that "the whole Dutch people sympathises with them
The Austrian Alps have been hit by particularly heavy
snow this winter and numerous avalanches. Parts of Voralberg were cut off by the
snow this week and an avalanche warning was in place around Lech.
of the Dutch royal family regularly spend their winter holidays skiing in the