Belfast Telegraph

Friday 1 August 2014

Injured prince 'remains in danger'

Dutch prince Johan Friso, pictured with his wife Mabel, was hit by an avalanche while skiing in Austria (AP)

Dutch prince Johan Friso has spent a quiet night in hospital but his life remains in danger after being seriously injured in an avalanche in Austria, the Dutch government has said.

The 43-year-old second son of Queen Beatrix was rushed to the intensive care unit of Innsbruck's main hospital on Friday after he was buried by the snow slide. He had been skiing off marked trails in the western-most Lech winter sports region.

The government statement said: "His life is still in danger, but he had a calm and stable night."

The Dutch daily NRC Handelsblad said the prince suffered serious oxygen deprivation after being buried for some 20 minutes but has no other major injuries.

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