Injured Pyrenees Climber Rescued By Helicopter Crew

Story ByAna LacasaSub EditorJoseph GolderAgencyCentral European News

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This footage shows an injured mountain climber clambering aboard a helicopter after rescue teams spotted him when he hurt his leg while climbing down from the summit of the Pyrenees mountains.

According to reports, members of the ‘Groups of Mountain Rescue and Intervention’ (GREIM) of the Spanish Civil Guard helped the unnamed climber on the summit of Grande Fache.

Reports said that rescuers were patrolling the area, situated near the French-Spanish border in the municipality of Panticosa in the north-eastern Spanish autonomous community of Aragon, in a helicopter during a rainstorm.

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They were passing the cliff face of Campo Plano when they spotted a group of climbers waving at them for assistance.

According to reports, the helicopter had to make a dangerous manoeuvre to drop off rescuers and a doctor before flying about 150 metres (492 feet) to a safe place to land.

The team cared for a 49-year-old climber from the central Spanish capital Madrid who had injured his leg while coming down the mountain.

After first aid, the rescue team carried him to the waiting helicopter before he was flown to the Jaca Hospital in the province of Huesca.

According to local media, the Civil Guard also helped four other people in separate incidents in the Pyrenees mountains.

Between Monday and Thursday last week, 16 rescue operations took place in the mountain range, according to reports.

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Ana Lacasa

I am a senior writer and journalist and editor of the Spanish desk for the Central European News agency.