Dutch prince Friso severely injured in avalanche at Austrian ski resort

Dutch prince Friso severely injured in avalanche at Austrian ski resort

Dutch Prince Johan Friso was severely injured in an avalanche at an Austrian ski resort Friday. It was unclear how critical the condition of Prince Friso was. A Dutch government statement said he was stable but “his life remains at risk.”

Prince Johan Friso, 43, a son of Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, was skiing with friends at the resort of Lech am Arlberg when he was hit by an avalanche, a spokesman for the surrounding county of Vorarlberg said.

No one else in the group was affected, the spokesman said.

The prince was under the snow for a “short period of time,” the spokesman said. He was wearing an electronic beacon that helped rescuers quickly find him, he said.

The prince was airlifted to a hospital in Innsbruck, where he is in intensive care, authorities said. Doctors described the prince as stable but not out of danger, according to a statement from the queen.

The Austrian newspaper Krone reports that Friso was swept away for 40 meters by the avalanche.

In a statement, the attending physicians said that the Prince’s condition was ‘stable’, but that he was ‘not out of danger’. They said that it would take several days before they could make a full prognosis. Queen Beatrix and her daughter-in-law Princess Mabel are with Prince Friso in the hospital.

The Prime Minister, Mark Rutte, has spoken to Her Majesty Queen Beatrix about her son Prince Friso’s skiing accident. ‘I told her that they were in the thoughts of everyone in the Netherlands,’ he said.

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