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Rocky peaks in the Ammergau Alps

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A 53-year-old hiker has died in an accident in the Ammergau Alps: The man had descended from the Pilgerschrofen, a peak of Mount Säuling, together with two other hikers on New Year's Eve afternoon. On icy ground, he lost his footing, slipped and crashed.

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The other two men were unable to prevent the 53-year-old from falling. One of them made the emergency call, while the other descended to the victim, where he could only determine the death of the man. According to the police on Monday, the hiking group had been on the snow-covered terrain in a steeply sloping passage.

The Säuling is a mountain on the German-Austrian border near Schwangau in the Ostallgäu district.

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