Schwyz police hunt for 3 after avalanche

Alpenglow, dawn's first light over the Swiss Alps, harbinger of warmer weather

Unclear if group is missing GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Police in canton Schwyz called out a team of two Rega helicopters, four avalanche dogs and 40 rescuers Sunday afternoon and evening 3 March 2013 to look for three people sighted as lost in an avalanche that struck the Laui area of the Fronalpstock. The rescuers, using […]

Papua New Guinea ferry sinks, rescue operation underway

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Rescuers were reporting 219 saved at 08:00 Swiss time but another 350 are missing after a boat disaster in Papua New Guinea. The MV Rabaul Queen, operated by Star Ships, which is one of the country’s largest ferry operators, sank between Lae and Kimbe West after being reported missing at about 08:30 […]

Miners in Chile all safely returned

(video, CNN) The 33 miners trapped some 700 metres underground for 69 days in Chile have all been brought safely to the surface in an extraordinary, lengthy rescue operation that is a rare post-disaster success in the mining world. Thousands of miners a year die in accidents, world-wide, mainly in developing countries. In the US, […]

Afghanistan massive avalanche kills 15-30, scores injured

A massive avalanche in Salang, a nearly 4,000 metre pass connecting Kabul and the north of Afghanistan, has killed at least 15 and possibly up to 30, with some 70 people reported by the Defense Ministry to be injured. Official and local reports vary widely. The road along the pass is heavily traveled and 1,500 […]

Lake police in late-night search for missing teen


Lausanne, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – Police from canton Vaud and the Lake Geneva emergency rescue services were out in force at 23:00 Wednesday, looking along the lakefront in a village near Morges for a person from the region who had gone missing. A rescue helicopter swept its searchlights over the lake, while boats combed the water […]

Bern avalanche search team finds 3 bodies

Bern, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – Three bodies were found Tuesday 5 July shortly before noon by a search team hunting for three people still missing following two avalanches Sunday morning in the Dietigtal region of the Bernese Oberland. Four people had already died from the avalanches, bringing the death toll to seven. The three individuals, two […]