The second son of Dutch monarch Queen Beatrix has been seriously injured in an avalanche in Austria.
Prince Friso, 43, was buried under snow when he skied off a trail in the resort of Lech earlier today.
He has been admitted to an Innsbruck hospital where his ‘life remains at risk’, according to a Dutch government statement.
The prince was buried under snow for 20 minutes before he was rescued and airlifted to hospital, the Austrian news agency APA reported.
The prince was skiing with one companion away from marked ski runs when the mass of snow, 30 meters wide and 40 meters long, hit them around midday, APA said.
He was pulled unconscious from the drift about 20 minutes after the incident and resuscitated at the scene. He was then medivacked to the university clinic in the western city of Innsbruck.
His condition was ‘stable but life threatening’, and the queen and his wife were at his side, the Dutch government said in a statement.
A statement from the Netherlands royal family added that he is in intensive care.
It read: ‘Doctors treating him describe the prince’s condition as stable, but his life remains at risk.’