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Elderly German hiker freezes to death in Alps

The Local · 16 Sep 2012, 10:38

Published: 16 Sep 2012 10:38 GMT+02:00

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The two men set off from Mallnitz in southern Austria on a long trek on Wednesday but soon encountered a change in weather conditions prompting the 65-year-old survivor to take shelter.

The older man chose to continue but was blocked by heavy snow and strong wind. He sought refuge between boulders yet froze to death, according to police.

The surviving man, suffering from hypothermia, spent three nights in a camp before he was able to attract the attention of rescue workers surveying the area by helicopter.

Family members of the men alerted rescue services on Saturday morning, after the two failed to arrive at a designated meeting point.

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11:01 September 16, 2012 by dan smith
It is hyperthermia, numbnuts
12:08 September 16, 2012 by Englishted
@dan smith

Not in English it isn't . Don't know about the Americanised version.

The Local is correct.
23:35 September 16, 2012 by wxman
@dan smith

If he had hyperthermia, he would have been found dead in a desert some place where temperatures were in excess of 45C. Remember, hyper means too much and hypo means not enough.

Also, what is so "unexpected" about a heavy snow high in the Alps in Med-September?
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