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Lightning Strike Hits Four Roped Together Climbers

Lightning strike hits four roped together climbers

Four German mountain climbers were hospitalised after they were struck by lightning on a mountain - and the electrical charge travelled through the safety line that had roped them together.

One of the men aged 25 was so badly hit by the lightning that he was unable to move and the other three also needed to be hospitalised.

The accident happened while the four climbers Michael Evers, 25,  Alexander Maier, 26, Ludwig Schmidt ,31, and Tobias Mann, 33, who were climbing on the 2,995 metre Dachstein mountain in the Austrian Alps.

Police said all four ended up in the local Schladming hospital where doctors said all were expected to make a full recovery.

It took 15 mountain rescue experts as well as four Alpine policeman and two helicopters to bring the injured climbers down into the valley.

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