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Dutch prince's life 'still in danger' after avalanche

The Netherlands government said Prince Johan Friso spent a quiet night in the hospital but his life remained in danger after an avalanche seriously injured the Dutch royal.
Prince Friso, Princess Mabel, Luana , Zaria
Netherland's Prince Friso, left, and his wife Princess Mabel, right, pose with their daughters Luana and Zaria during a photo session in the Austrian skiing resort of Lech in this Feb. 19, 2011.Kerstin Joensson / AP
/ Source: The Associated Press

The second son of Dutch Queen Beatrix spent a stable night in the hospital after he was seriously injured in an avalanche, but his life remains in danger, the Netherlands government said Saturday.

Prince Johan Friso, 43, was rushed to the intensive care unit of Innsbruck's main hospital Friday after he was buried under snow. He had been skiing off marked trails in the westernmost Lech winter sports region.

The statement Saturday said "his life is still in danger, but he had a calm and stable night."

Hospital officials did not issue a statement on the prince's condition. But the usually well-informed Dutch daily NRC Handelsblad said the prince suffered serious oxygen deprivation.