Harsh conditions claim three lives in mountain regions


Heavy snow and treacherous off-trail conditions in the mountainous regions of the Czech Republic have caused three deaths over as many days. Rescue services on Sunday discovered an unconscious man suffering from severe hypothermia after snowshoeing in the Šumava National Park. The unknown man later died in hospital. Avalanches resulted in two deaths at the weekend. In one incident a man was killed by an avalanche in the Jeseník Mountains when skiing off-track. The day before, a 13-year-old boy was killed when a cornice collapsed in a quarry where he and a friend were playing. Avalanche warnings are in place throughout the mountain regions due to the combination of strong winds, fresh snow and relatively high daytime temperatures.