Dog barks lead rescue crew to owners trapped in avalanche

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Two people were rescued from an avalanche in Switzerland after their dogs barked frantically to get them help, officials said.

The pair became trapped while they were on a hiking trail in the Avers Valley near the Italian border around 3 p.m. Saturday, air ambulance service Rega said.

“Their dogs, who were not buried by the masses of snow, drew attention to themselves by barking loudly,” officials said Sunday.

“The dogs attracted the attention of a group of snow-shoers who were some distance away in the same valley but had not witnessed the avalanche.”

Emergency crews were called and able to get to the pair couple 15 to 20 minutes later.

One of the hikers was buried completely, while the other’s hands were visible, officials said.

Swiss rescue teams take part in a life-saving exercise after an avalanche at the Glacier 3000 in Les Diablerets

A Swiss rescue helicopter crew rescuing a man on December 6, 2019.

REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

Swiss rescue teams take part in a life-saving exercise after an avalanche at the Glacier 3000 in Les Diablerets

Swiss rescue teams take part in a life-saving exercise after an avalanche at the Glacier 3000 in Les Diablerets

A helicopter crew saving a man in Switzerland after an avalanche.

REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

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Crews dug them out and airlifted them to the hospital, where they were treated for minor injuries and mild hypothermia.

Details about the pair, including their identities, were not immediately reported.

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