Firefighters rescue the two missing mountaineers in Aigüestortes

The firefighters rescued the two injured mountaineers this Monday by helicopter in the Aigüestortes National Park, whom they could not evacuate yesterday due to the thickness of the snow, so they spent the night with eight agents and a doctor in a tent set up as a "hot spot".

Oliver Thansan
Oliver Thansan
31 March 2024 Sunday 16:27
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Firefighters rescue the two missing mountaineers in Aigüestortes

The firefighters rescued the two injured mountaineers this Monday by helicopter in the Aigüestortes National Park, whom they could not evacuate yesterday due to the thickness of the snow, so they spent the night with eight agents and a doctor in a tent set up as a "hot spot".

As reported by the Firefighters of the Generalitat in a statement, the two hikers, a man and a woman, have been rescued in a helicopter, which has transported them, one by one, to the Tírvia airport, from where they have been evacuated to the Arnau de Vilanova Hospital in Lleida.

On Sunday late afternoon in the Encantats area, in the Aigüestortes National Park, firefighters located the two mountaineers, who had been injured - neither seriously - due to an accident in the morning.

After evaluating the state of the path that the rescue team would have had to travel on foot to the Mallafré shelter with the two injured hikers, with an accumulation of more than 60 centimeters of snow, the Special Actions Group (GRAE) of the Firefighters He established a "hot spot", with a tent, in the place where they had been located, so that they could spend the night in a comfortable area.

The rescue team rescued the two mountaineers from hypothermia using thermal blankets and sleeping bags and establishing the "hot spot", where they both spent the night with eight firefighters from the GRAE and a doctor from the Medical Emergency System ( SEM), waiting for evacuation by helicopter.

Finally, the rescue helicopter departed from Olot (Girona) and arrived at around 9:30 am in the area, where the GRAE had made space available for the aircraft to land.

The firefighters, who in this device have mobilized about 60 personnel, have evacuated the two injured one by one to the Tírvia airport, where the SEM has transferred them with medical helicopters to the Arnau de Vilanova Hospital in Lleida.

Both hikers were located yesterday by the team oriented and conscious, although injured due to an accident they had suffered in the morning: the woman had less serious injuries and the man had minor injuries.