Dutch prince injured in avalanche - report

2012-02-17 18:05

Vienna - A son of Dutch Queen Beatrix, Prince Johan Friso, was injured in an avalanche while skiing in the western Austrian resort of Lech on Friday, the Austria Press Agency reported.

The 43-year-old Dutch royal apparently spent 15 minutes under the snow before he was rescued and evacuated by helicopter to Innsbruck university hospital, but no further details about his condition were known, APA said.

The mayor of Lech confirmed to Austrian radio ORF that the injured person was a member of the Dutch royal family and had to be resuscitated.

The accident apparently occurred shortly after noon. The prince was accompanied by a small group but nobody else was believed to have been injured in the avalanche, APA said.

The Dutch embassy in Vienna declined to comment.

According to Dutch news agency ANP, Queen Beatrix, her son Willem Alexander, his wife Maxima and their three daughters arrived in Lech on Sunday.

The Dutch royals regularly spend their ski holidays in the posh resort of Lech, in the westernmost province of Vorarlberg.

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