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Grimsel Pass Rockfall injures six hikers and a dog

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The lake which is situated at around 1850m altitude is a popular hiking destination

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On Sunday, six hikers were wounded, one seriously, after falling rocks hit them by Lake Gelmer near the Grimsel Pass in canton Bern.  A dog was also injured and placed in the care of a vet.

The noise was “deafening”, according to one witness, who said it lasted 15-20 seconds until the stones “slumped” in the lake. Another witness then heard screams.

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The route taken by the hikers has been sealed off for security reasons. Geologists are investigating the rockfall whose cause is yet unknown. 

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