Toddler rescued after 12 hours in Swiss Alps crevice

2017-10-06 22:00


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Geneva - After a 12-hour ordeal, rescue workers  on Friday pulled a two-year-old girl unharmed out of a deep crevice she tumbled into during a family hike in the Swiss Alps.

"She emerged basically unscathed, with just a few scratches," said Christian Zuber, a spokesperson for the regional police in the canton of Valais.

The girl and her family, reportedly from the German-speaking part of Switzerland, had been visiting the region near the Aletsch glacier in southern Switzerland when she strayed from a foot path and fell into a narrow fissure in the ground.

More than 100 rescue workers toiled to hoist the girl out of six-metre-deep cavity, he said.

Matthias Lorenz, who heads the fire brigade in the Aletsch region, told the ATS news agency that the rescue workers had been in a race against the clock as they carefully moved away earth, rocks and boulders, "centimetre by centimetre".

The child had given signs of life throughout the rescue operation, he said.

"I have never before seen such a rescue operation," he added.

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