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Mountaineers stranded at 4,000 m., Extreme rescue to save them

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(ANSA) – AOSTA, 02 JUN – Blocked by fog and gusts of wind, three mountaineers were saved at an altitude of 4,100 after a complex recovery operation by the Aosta Valley Mountain Rescue. The climbers – all Italians – raised the alarm at 3 pm: they were located under the top of the Vincent Pyramid, along the Cresta del Soldato, on the Valle d’Aosta side of the Monte Rosa massif.

The first attempts to recover by helicopter were unsuccessful, as well as those by land: a first team of rescuers had to fall back once they reached an altitude of 4,050 meters: “The wind was too strong”, they explain. The mountaineers were only reached around 7.30 pm, after two rescue technicians were unloaded from the helicopter at high altitude and continued on foot from the south side. The three were then assisted during the ascent to the summit, before to begin the descent along the normal route. As soon as the weather conditions allowed it, they were reached by the helicopter that brought them back downstream.

The operations were coordinated by the Valle d’Aosta Alpine Rescue, the Piedmont CNSAS and the Guardia di Finanza.


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Source: Ansa

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