Wingsuit, paraglider Alpine deaths

Bagnes/Mauvoisin, site of wingsuit accident 23 September 2014

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – A 26-year-old Russian man and a 28-year-old Italian man have lost their lives in separate accidents in the Swiss Alps Monday. The Russian man, who was using a wingsuit, failed to take off properly from the top of Le Pleureur (3,704 metres) and he crashed into the rocky face of the west […]

Missing person: scientist Fergus McInnes

Fergus McInnes, missing since 9 September

Swiss police investigation into researcher’s disappearance goes public GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Fergus McInnes, a 51-year-old Scottish researcher from Edinburgh, has been missing since he arrived in Geneva 9 September for a conference. He failed to show up at his hotel or at the conference, nor did he catch his flight home a few days later. […]

Missing persons: French teen, Scottish scientist

Maeva, missing since July, when she may have been in Puidoux

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Switzerland’s respect for privacy is usually lauded – until an individual case comes up where it is harder to understand. Two missing persons reports have come in this week, and they underscore the problem. Police in canton Vaud are asking for help finding a 16-year-0ld French girl who has been missing since […]

A9 closed near Belmont: truck crash

LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND – The A9 was closed between Chexbres and Venne Tuesday afternoon following an accident where one truck crashed into another in the same lane. The driver of the second vehicle, a 22-year-old local man, had to be cut from his refrigeration truck; he was taken by ambulance to the Chuv hospitals in Lausanne […]

4 hikers die in Alps in one week

South face of Grand-Muveran, Leytron, Valais

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Four hikers died in separate accidents during the past week, all of them apparently after slipping and falling several metres. A Korean woman in her early 60s died 9 September while hiking near Zermatt. Her husband alerted police after she disappeared while hiking between the Gornergletscher and the Monte-Rosa hut. Her body […]

Int’l jewel thief caught in Zurich

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND – An alert Zurich jewelry store employee Friday recognized a 46-year-old Chinese man from Interpol’s red list and contacted police immediately. The man was arrested and now faces extradition to Bahrain where he is wanted on charges of stealing a $1.5 million diamond ring. Interpol’s statement after his arrest notes that JM “is […]

News roundup: UNHRC boss, designer, cow attacks, Jungfraubahn


GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The new UN Human Rights Commissioner stepped into office this week: Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein from Jordan, takes over from Navi Pillay, who completed six years in the job. Zeid has served in a number of high diplomatic posts, most recently as Jordan’s ambassador to the United Nations in New York. He […]

Road deaths down, critical injuries up

Source: Swisstopo

Cyclist and motorcyclist deaths, injuries both rise BERN, SWITZERLAND – Road accident figures for the first half of 2014 show that the number of deaths fell by 7 percent compared to a year earlier, but more people suffered critical injuries, with a 14 percent increase. Accidents killed 115 people between January and the end of […]

Wingsuit death in Valais

Trient wingsuit PolcantVS

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – A 26-year-old Australian man has died in a wingsuit accident near Trient, canton Valais. Tuesday evening at 17:00, he and a companion were jumping from a rocky outcrop about 20 metres from the top of the Croix de fer, 2,243 metres altitude. He quickly veered to the left and crashed into the […]

Deadly Tuesday: Gotthard fatal crash, 2 deaths in Zermatt

Gotthard tunnel closed for several hours after car-truck crash ZURICH, SWITZERLAND – A car heading south in the Gotthard tunnel drifted left into the path of an oncoming truck Tuesday 2 September at 16:00, causing a head-on crash. The driver of the car died but the two drivers of the truck, with Romanian plates, escaped […]