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British man is hit by lightning, falls off a mountain... and SURVIVES! Hiker is lucky to be alive after horrific accident in Austrian Alps

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 06/07/2018 Connor Boyd

The man was flown to a hospital in Schwaz, where he is currently being treated for multiple injuries © Daily Mail The man was flown to a hospital in Schwaz, where he is currently being treated for multiple injuries

A British hiker is lucky to be alive after being struck by lightning and falling off a 6,000ft mountain. 

The 44-year-old man, whose identity was not made public due to local privacy laws, was hiking in the Austrian Alps when the accident happened.

A team of specialist mountain rescuers take a British hiker away in a helicopter after he fell in the Australian Alps © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited A team of specialist mountain rescuers take a British hiker away in a helicopter after he fell in the Australian Alps The Briton set off on in the early hours of Thursday morning from the Tyrolean town of Achenkirch.

He planned to hike over the Seekarspitze and Seebergspitze peaks to the lakeside village of Pertisau.

a helicopter flying in the sky: The hiker was flung off the cliff face by the lightning and had to be rescued by helicopter © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The hiker was flung off the cliff face by the lightning and had to be rescued by helicopter When the man ascended the 6,840ft Seebergspitze peak, the weather took a turn for the worse and a thunderstorm started.

At around 4.15pm a fork of lightning struck him and he was flung 16ft down a ridge where he landed in a pine forest, according to local media.

a view of a mountain: Even though the Brit was severely injured after his plunge, he managed to reach his mobile phone and call for help. Pictured: A paramedic is lowered into the forest to rescue the man © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Even though the Brit was severely injured after his plunge, he managed to reach his mobile phone and call for help. Pictured: A paramedic is lowered into the forest to rescue the man Even though the British man was severely injured, he managed to reach his mobile phone and call the emergency services.

Due to the thunderstorm only one paramedic could be dropped down from the rescue helicopter at the accident scene.

As the weather did not improve, six more men from a specialist mountain rescue team were flown in with a police helicopter to the summit area and dropped some feet below the injured Briton.

a close up of a mountain: The 44-year-old man was struck by lightning after ascending the 6,840ft Seebergspitze peak (pictured) © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The 44-year-old man was struck by lightning after ascending the 6,840ft Seebergspitze peak (pictured) When the mountain rescue team arrived at the spot as well, the weather finally improved.

A helicopter managed to rescue the man and flew him to a hospital in Schwaz, where he is currently being treated for unspecified injuries. 

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