Swiss Air Ambulance doctor killed by avalanche during rescue mission

Swiss Air Ambulance doctor killed by avalanche during rescue mission 6 Jan, 10, Source: REGA press release translated and lightly edited.

On Sunday, a crew member of a REGA Swiss Air Ambulance helicopter was sadly killed while performing his job.  Rega is extremely sad and condolences to the relatives of the deceased doctor and the relatives of the two who were killed also their heartfelt condolences.

Rega had been called to an avalanche in Diemtigtal in the Bernese Oberland. But a short time after the landing of the Rega helicopter when attempting to rescue two backcountry skiers, a further avalanche covered the area, burying the doctor.

This is the first time in the history of Rega that they have lost a rescue team member in this way. “It is extremely tragic when rescuers want to help the victim in trouble, losing their lives. I’m upset and thinking in these hours of the family and the victims of this tragic avalanche accident” said Ernst Kohler, President of Rega.

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