Two Spanish tourists are injured by WWI bomb explosion in the Italian Alps after trying to dig it out of a glacier
- Eloi Palau (21) and Sergi Llongueras (23) sat on the Presena glacier on Monday
- Palau tried to dig a piece of metal out of the snow when it blew up
- Llongueras said he turned around to see a colossal explosion and was blinded
- Palau, injured in his hand and eyes, has been released from intensive care
Two Spanish tourists were injured by a WWI bomb explosion in the Italian Alps after they tried to dig it out of a glacier.
Eloi Palau, 21, a junior bike trial champion, saw a piece of metal and started digging it out of the Presena glacier when an enormous explosion boomed over the Dolomites on Monday.
His friend Sergi Llongueras, another professional cyclist, told Spanish TV: & I turned to see if Eloi was coming. When I turned around, I saw a big explosion approaching me. I didn't feel anything, I only heard & # 39; beep & # 39 ;. I saw Eloi screaming and bleeding on the floor … & # 39;
The 23-year-old went on to say that & # 39; one of & # 39; Eloi's & # 39; s hands & # 39; badly hit & # 39; and there is a possibility that he & # 39; could lose part of his hand with a finger & # 39 ;.
Eloi Palau, 21 (left and right) had seen a piece of metal in the snow on the Presena glacier in the Dolomites on Monday
According to local media, Palau also got burns to his legs and stomach.
A helicopter and firefighters were mobilized to take the couple to the Santa Maria del Carmine hospital, where Palau was operated on.
Llongueras, who suffered minor scrapes, said Wednesday: & # 39; So happy and grateful that I live! Back home after the worst experience of my life …
& # 39; Here's a quick update: @ eloi.palau lost the intensive worries (sic) and the two operations in his hand and eyes went well! We still have to wait to see how his hand evolves, but for the time being it's good. He needs more time, but I'm sure he's on the bike again !!
& # 39; I'm fine now, guys! I had some wounds in my face, leg and hand. & # 39;
The local government from Viladrau in Catalonia, where Palau & # 39; s father works as a municipal councilor, has issued a statement to show support to the cyclist and his family.
The statement said that the government wants to accompany Jordi Palau (Eloi & # 39; s father) and the whole family in these difficult times following the unfortunate accident that Eloi has suffered & # 39 ;.
The Presena glacier was a hotbed for Italian shelling during the world conflict.
Sergi Llongueras suffered minor injuries and said today that his friend had been released from intensive care
According to local media, global warming has exposed bombs and corpses from the melting snow.
Mountain bike tour is a type of cycling where the rider has to ride through a series of obstacles without letting his feet touch the ground.
Palau was the junior world champion in 2016 and his friend, Llongueras, is a professional rider on the UCI Trials tour.
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