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Dutch prince's condition unchanged after ski accident
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The Hague (AFP) Feb 19, 2012

The condition of Prince Johan Friso, son of Dutch Queen Beatrix remained unchanged for the second night in an Austrian hospital after a horror skiing accident, the Dutch Royal House said Sunday.

"The health condition of his royal majesty Prince Friso remains unchanged," at the intensive care unit of the Innsbruck University Hospital, it said in a statement issued in The Hague.

"He is stable, but not out of danger," it added, using the same terms to describe the 43-year-old prince's condition on Saturday.

A prognosis would most likely "not be given before the end of this week", the statement added.

Prince Friso was skiing off-piste with an unnamed Austrian friend, around noon Friday when he was buried by an avalanche near Lech, where the Dutch royal family traditionally take their winter holidays.

Despite wearing a ski-helmet and an avalanche beeper, the prince spent some 20 minutes under the snow before he was rescued and had to be resuscitated, Austrian news reports said. He was evacuated to Innsbruck by helicopter.

Queen Beatrix, 74, as well as the prince's wife Mabel Wisse Smit were again at the hospital Sunday, Dutch news reports said.

Other members of the Dutch royal family, including Johan Friso's brothers, Crown Prince Willem-Alexander, his wife Maxima, and younger brother Prince Constantijn with his wife Princess Laurentien arrived there Friday night.

Dutch public broadcaster NOS showed footage Sunday of Crown Prince Willem-Alexander and Maxima taking their three young daughters -- as well as Prince Friso's two small daughters skiing, saying they wanted to keep the situation "as normal as possible".

In a statement, issued Sunday night, the royal family thanked well-wishers for their support.

"We are thankful and deeply touched by the well-wishes. It's a great support in this difficult time," the statement said.

Austrian prosecutors announced Saturday they had launched an investigation into the accident, though this is a routine matter in this kind of incident.

At the time of the accident, the avalanche alert level in Lech -- as in much of Austria -- was at four, the second highest.

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Finnish skier spends 2.5 hours under avalanche: rescuers
Vienna (AFP) Feb 19, 2012 - A Finnish skier died Sunday after having been buried for two and a half hours under an avalanche in the central Salzburg province, rescue services said.

The 29-year-old tourist had been resuscitated twice and was evacuated by helicopter to the hospital in Zell am See but finally succumbed to injuries, likely caused by the prolonged lack of oxygen, the rescue services said.

He was skiing off-piste near Neukirchen am Grossvenediger with a brother and friend, when the accident happened. The other two were not injured.

Although equipped with an avalanche beeper, the skier spent about two and a half hours buried under the snow before he was dug out.

Mountain rescue services organised a massive operation of some 60 people including doctors and alpine police, but the large number of avalanches that have come down in the same area hampered their progress.

About a dozen people have been caught in avalanches across Austria in the past few days as warmer temperatures following heavy snowfall have prompted authorities to raise the avalanche alert level.

On Sunday, it still stood at three on the five-step scale.

That was one step down from its standing on Friday, when a son of Dutch Queen Beatrix, Prince Johan Friso, was seriously injured after he was buried in an avalanche.

He was skiing off-piste, near the upscale ski resort of Lech in western Austria.


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Western Austria cut off by avalanches
Vienna (AFP) Feb 16, 2012
The westernmost Austrian province of Vorarlberg was cut off from the rest of the country Thursday after avalanches forced the closure of road and rail connections, authorities said. Part of the main motorway running east-west through Vorarlberg was hit by an avalanche Wednesday evening, prompting its closure. A car was lightly damaged in the process and one person was brought to hospit ... read more

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