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December 1, 2022

In rem file for manslaughter, in the case of the tragedy in Retezat

Police has opened an criminal file in rem for the deed in the case of the tragedy in the Retezat Massif, where two teenagers aged 13 and 14 – Erik Gulacsi and Dor Geta Popescu (photo), renowned climbers, having numerous world and European records – lost their lives, and five people have been injured after an avalanche occurred on Saturday in the area of Saua Bucurii – Poiana Pelegii, at an altitude of around 2,000 meters.

“A criminal file in rem was opened regarding the deed. Investigations will establish later if there are guilty persons in this case” stated the spokesman of the Hunedoara County Police (IPJ), Laura Bradu, on Sunday, for AGERPRES.

According to the quoted source, police officers take several versions into account.

“Several versions are taken into account, it is possible that the avalanche was started accidentally, it is possible that the avalanche was caused intentionally. However, an expertise will be done. Then, we’ll decide if somebody is guilty for this accident”, Laura Bradu also stated.

The investigation is coordinated by the prosecutors of the prosecution Office attached to the Hateg District Court, and depending on the subsequent complexity of the case, the file could be submitted to the Prosecution Office attached to the Hunedoara Court.

Three people who were on the Gentiana Refuge in Retezat were heard until Sunday morning. They are the coordinator of the 51 tourists and other two people in the same group, who were close to the place where the avalanche occurred, on Saturday, and who intervened to take the victims out of the snow. Hearings will continue in the next period, with other witnesses of the accident.

Several mountain rescuers and gendarmes left on Sunday morning to the place where the avalanche occurred, to bring the two children who died struck by the rocks during the avalanche, to the foot of the mountain.

“18 mountain rescuers and five mountain gendarmes are going to the place where the avalanche occurred. The route is very difficult, especially because the blizzard started and the snow is almost one meter high. The teams will use two special stretchers for the victims’ transportation. We appreciate that the operation will take around 10-12 hours” explained the Head of the Hunedoara Mountain Rescue, Ovidiu Bodean.

Bodean added that the group of the seven tourists caught by the avalanche was an individual group related to the group of the 51 people who were part of a school of guides. Initially, following the call to the emergency number 112, it was thought to be a single group.

According to Bodean, all the five people injured in the group that was caught by the avalanche were brought to Carnic, and three of them received medical care. The father of the girl who died in the avalanche, Dor Geta Popescu, is still hospitalized in the Hunedoara Hospital.

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