Austrian 'Walk Themselves To Death'
It's death in Lederhosen on the hills, but no mention of the exploding cows for once...
Posted: 1 August 2001
It's death in Lederhosen for walkers according to doomladen
Austrian health group Secure Life. They say dozens of people 'walk
themselves to death' each year in the country's mountains because
they are unfit.
The report claimes that 50 per-cent of the 150-odd walkers who die
annually suffer from hearth or circulatory failure - so that's
cardiac arrests and strokes then - a problem exacerbated by the
inability of ambulances to reach.
Not surprising really in a country where, until recently, farmers
were dynamiting cow carcasses due to the difficulty and cost of
recovering them otherwise. Secure Life give no figures for the
numbers of cows who die annually in the Austrian Alps, but we bet
they outnumber walkers by a country mile - not surprising really
given that few ambulances are large enough to take a cow.
If you must read more about Austrian walkers dropping dead,
this story on Ananova. Thanks to Rob Sutherland for bringing this
strangely pointless article to our attention...
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