Another major landslide took place in southern Switzerland on August 23, 2017, just three days after six hikers got hit by falling rocks in a similar incident.
According to a statement issued by Bern police on Monday, August 21, six people were injured after a rock avalanche that lasted approximately 20 seconds struck a path around the Gelmersee, a popular lake in the Bernese Oberland, on Sunday afternoon, August 20.
Two teenagers and four adults were airlifted to hospital, while an injured dog was treated by a vet. One of the injured people is in serious condition.
The affected path has been cordoned off while geologists investigate the cause of the rockfall. Operation of the Gelmerbahn cable car up to the lake was also temporarily suspended, but later reopened, The Local reported.
Witnesses told newspaper 20 Minuten that around a hundred people were hiking around the lake at the time. “The noise was deafening,” one of them said. “Then we heard the screams of the wounded.”