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Ski touring men suffer from smoke poisoning

Three Austrians who went ski touring yesterday (Tues) suffered from a carbon monoxide poisoning. They planned to stay overnight in a wooden cabin in the area of Lend (district of Pinzgau, Salzburg).

According to the police, three men aged 73 to 74 from the district of Pongau (Salzburg), planned to stay overnight in a hunting cabin (1,600 metres above sea level).

They heated the wood-fired oven of the cabin in the late afternoon. In the evening the three men felt increasingly sick and one of them even passed out.

One of the men called the emergency number at around midnight. The mountain rescue Dorfgastein reached the hunting cabin together with a doctor at around 4 a.m. and provided help.

The three men were taken to the hospital in Schwarzach in a helicopter at dawn. They were hospitalised because it was assumed that they suffered from carbon monoxide poisoning.

A defect of the wood-fired oven or a problem with the smoke ventilation might have caused the poisoning. Fire investigators of the police are now trying to find the cause.

Austrian Times

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