A German hiker was trapped under a large boulder in the Austrian Alps and seriously injured. After almost three hours, the injured man from Stuttgart could be flown to a clinic.

The 46-year-old was on Sunday with his wife on the edge of the Mölltal Glacier in the state of Carinthia when he leaned on a rock. The 500-kilogram chunk began to slide and trapped the man. The man comes from Stuttgart, as a police spokeswoman said on Monday.

His wife and other hikers tried in vain to free him. They alerted rescue workers, who used helicopters to fly tools and equipment to the scene of the accident to lift the rock. The injured man was finally rescued after about three hours. He was flown to a hospital.

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