Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 01/03/06 at 01:55 AM ET
According to Germany’s DPA news agency, about 50 locals public skating in Bad Reichenhall – which is located in the Bavarian Alps near the Austrian border – when the roof collapsed at 4 p.m. local time. Responders – some 300 in total – to the small town of about 15,000 residents included German soldiers and firemen from neighbouring Austria communities. “The rescue work is proving very difficult,” said police spokesman Fritz Braun. “It is very difficult to get into the building.”more update 1:04pm, from Reuters,
German rescuers suspended efforts on Tuesday to reach a woman and three youths still feared trapped under an ice rink roof that caved in and killed at least 11 others, saying it might give way completely. Local officials said they hoped to resume the recovery operation later on Tuesday once heavy lifting gear had arrived and removed what remains of the massive building, whose roof fell in on Monday after heavy snowfall. "Whenever it is possible, we will go in with the dogs and personnel to find those who are still in the wreckage," chief fire officer Rudi Zeif told a news conference.more
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