Avalanche bursts through Swiss hotel restaurant while guests are eating

Mail Online | 1/11/2019 | Julian Robinson for MailOnline
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Swiss emergency crews have launched a search operation after an avalanche crashed through a hotel restaurant while guests were eating.

A 1,000ft wall of snow thundered into Hotel Säntis in Schwägalp in northeastern Switzerland, burying 25 cars and leaving three people injured.

Person - Snow - Avalanche - Yesterday - Eyewitness

At least one person had to be dug out of the snow when the avalanche struck at about 4.30pm yesterday, an eyewitness said.

Dozens have been evacuated from the 4,265ft altitude skiing resort and pictures show a bus buried in snow near what appears to be an overturned car.

Hotel - Guests - Skiers - Hikers - Teams

While no hotel guests, skiers or hikers were reported missing, rescue teams have been conducting searches in the avalanche area, which lies at the foot of Säntis mountain – the highest peak in eastern Switzerland's Alpstein massif.

Bitter weather conditions have caused havoc across Europe and left at least 17 dead - but while conditions are calmer today, forecasters have warned it will keep snowing until the middle of next week.

Hotel - Guest - Tagblatt - Newspaper - Snow

A hotel guest told the Tagblatt newspaper he looked outside and saw snow swirling all around - initially believing snow had fallen off the roof. Fortunately only a few people were in the dining area at the time.

But the guest added: 'Then there was a massive noise and a load of snow came in the back of the restaurant.'

Eastern - Switzerland - Canton - Graubünden - Dump

Eastern Switzerland and the northern canton Graubünden have suffered from a huge dump of snow over recent days with nearly a metre falling in 72 hours. A further metre of snow is expected to fall in the Hundwil area on Sunday.

According to local media, the avalanche was 300 meters (984ft) wide and up to 5 meters (16.4ft) high. A 76-strong mountain rescue team as well as two search dogs are at the scene.

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Meanwhile, in Germany, troops have moved in to rescue...
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