Man, 70, rescued in Austria after being stuck in glacier crevasse for a week

A crevasse at a estimated depth of 25-metres from the glacier surface on Mt. McKinley in Denali National Park, Alaska
A crevasse an estimated 25-metres from the glacier surface on Mt. McKinley in Denali National Park, Alaska Credit: Reuters

A 70-year-old German man has been rescued from a glacier crevasse in Austria after reportedly being stuck for around a week.

The climber, who has not been named, was only slightly injured after his ordeal although he was very cold and exhausted.

He told rescuers that he had set off around a week ago without crampons and that around 3,000 metres (10,000 feet) up he had slid into the 20-metre crevasse.

Other mountaineers were eventually alerted by his cries and called in rescuers.

Police said the climber "was very lucky" to be alive.

He was airlifted to hospital in Innsbruck in western Austria.

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