Story By: Pol F, Sub-Editor: Joe Golder, Agency: Newsflash
This is there amid a rescue helicopter makes a risky landing during heavy winds near steep cliffs after a hiker was immobilised by falling rocks.
The Spanish Guardia Civil helicopter was called to rescue the injured hiker in Mallorca, after he was hit by a rockfall and could no longer bring himself to safety.
The rocks are believed to have been dislodged because of high winds in the area at the time, which also made a rescue dangerous.
The rescue took place in the rural area of Torrent de Pareis, in Mallorca, the largest island of the Balearic Islands and touristic spot of the Mediterranean, on 5th October 2020.
Shortly before 11 am, the call from emergency services was received informing the helicopter crew that a hiker had injured his legs.
The Civil Guard activated the Mountain Rescue and Intervention Group (GREIM) and the Helicopter Unit (UHEL) was dispatched.
Once there, two hikers, which included the injured person and a friend, were located in an area of large boulders.
The entrance of the helicopter to the area was very complicated due to the strong winds, reaching up to 35 knots.
In the video, it can be seen how the helicopter approaches the rocky area and deploys two rescuers.
Then the GREIM specialists can be seen next to the wounded man, giving him first aid.
The man, who has not been named in reports, is then put inside the helicopter which is flying slightly above the ground due to the fact that the uneven terrain made it impossible to land.
He presented a sprained ankle and a deep cut to one of his knees, due to a large stone slab that had detached and hit his leg.
After stabilising him, he was transferred to the Son Espases hospital.
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