After a 12-hour ordeal, rescue workers pulled a two-year-old girl unharmed out of a deep crevice she tumbled into during a family hike in the Swiss Alps, police have said.
“She emerged basically unscathed, with just a few scratches,” Christian Zuber, a spokesman for the regional police in the canton of Valais, told AFP.
The girl and her family, reportedly from the German-speaking part of Switzerland, had been visiting the region near the Aletsch glacier in southern Switzerland when she strayed from a footpath and fell into a narrow fissure in the ground.
The accident occurred around midday Wednesday, Zuber said.
More than 100 rescue workers toiled into the early hours of Thursday to hoist the girl out of 20-foot-deep cavity, he said.
Matthias Lorenz, who heads the fire brigade in the Aletsch region, told the ATS news agency that the rescue workers had been in a race against the clock as they carefully moved away …