Hope on the one hand and awareness on the other. The hope of who until the last believes, hopes, imagines that it is just a bad nightmare and everything will end. Hopefully, a mobile phone that suddenly starts ringing or that the car parked in the clearing leading to the paths is not that of the son, of the brother, of one of the loved ones and considered ‘missing’. It is a silent torment, a laceration that becomes more and more evident as the hours and minutes pass. Moments that the relatives of people who have not yet officially become victims mark with their memories. More than 24 hours after the tragedy on the Marmolada, the picture of the victims and of the people who still cannot be found appears increasingly clear. The relatives and families of the disappeared, who had kept hope, however faint, had to resign themselves: their loved ones will never return home. The collapse of the summit serac of the Queen of the Dolomites took them away forever.
“Both relatives of the victims and the missing have come. Since Sunday, several dozen phone calls have arrived and are carefully examined. Some situations have resolved themselves. The others are part of a dossier being processed. The requests are analyzed and verified. in search of the “thread” that binds all situations “, says Walter Milan, of the National Alpine Rescue. Like the agony of Emanuela and Gianfranco’s parents who showed up at the Alpine Rescue headquarters with hope in their hearts: “I’m looking for my daughter and their son, life companions. They arrived yesterday to join the Marmolada. We don’t know nothing and Saturday is the last time we heard from them. They were experts and they also had the guide, they are not inexperienced. But it was the avalanche. They also took courses. They are very good. I hope they are “, says the lady with tears at the eyes, using the present tense. Gianfranco and Emanuela, 36 and 33 years old, he from Montebelluna and she from Bassano del Grappa, arrived in Canazei on Sunday morning to climb the Marmolada. Hope now faint also for the relatives of Davide Miotti, 51 years old – he would be among the 6 recognized victims – and his wife Erica Campagnolo, who was in a consortium with him, and is among those missing on the glacier. Sometimes, however, hope wins and the number of disperse drops. An Austrian hiker who was included in the list was in fact contacted by the Austrian consular authorities and gave news of him: after being traced, the missing officers dropped to 13. Ten missing are of Italian nationality and three of Czech nationality. The authorities are still ascertaining the ownership of four of the 16 cars parked near the paths leading to the glacier: they all have foreign license plates (one German, two Czech and one Hungarian). No one has gone to get them yet.