Friday, February 17, 2012

Prince Johan Friso: Dutch prince severely injured in Austrian avalanche

A member of the Dutch royal family was severely injured in an avalanche at an Austrian ski resort Friday, local authorities told CNN.

Prince Johan Friso, 43, a son of Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, was skiing outside the bounds of the ski resort 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. more