99 young people aged 12, 14 and 8 teachers from the southwestern German region of Ludwigshafen were taking a road too challenging for their equipment and skills on Tuesday, Vorarlberg police announced Wednesday night. The teachers chose the route based on misinformation from the internet.
Police said the route was described online as an “after-work classic ride”. “Indeed, the narrow Heuberggrat is a partially exposed trail with climbs that require a head for hikes, confidence with feet and experience in alpine terrain.” The ground was also wet and slippery.
When part of the group decided to return, the two students slipped and were slightly injured. Since the students panicked, the teachers made an emergency call. Then all 107 people were taken to a nearby forest road in two helicopters, Mittelberg Mayor Andy Hyde said. Police added that in addition to the two who sustained minor injuries, many of the students were “exhausted, hypothermic, wet and completely desolate.”
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