WATCH: 25 frozen walkers rescued from mountainside in Spain after NINE-HOUR search

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MOUNTAIN RESCUE: One woman suffering from hypothermia was evacuated to hospital on a stretcher. Photo credit: Twitter / @guardiacivil


RESCUERS have reached a group of 25 walkers that became trapped in sub-zero temperatures on a mountainside in Spain.

The group, made up of people between the ages of 24 and 73, and a dog were trapped at an altitude of 1,700 metres in the Saja Besaya Natural Park with a wind chill factor of -12 celsius.

A 73-year-old woman suffering from hypothermia and exhaustion was evacuated on a stretcher and taken to hospital for treatment.

The 112 Cantabria emergency control centre said the Galician walkers were on the Jaya Cruza route, located in the vicinity of Palombera. After they made an emergency call rescuers finally located them in snow near the La Concilla peak where the temperature had plunged to -8C.

The walkers, mostly over 60-years-old and from Viga, had set off at 10 am on Sunday morning but failed to make it back to the meeting point with the bus.

Specialist mountain rescue teams, firefighters, Guardia Civil officers and Red Cross personnel were involved in the operation which saw the walkers return to their hotel at around 5am.

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    • She’s fine. Her name is Bruma (which means “Fog”), and has been trained for water and mountain rescue. My mum was one of the walkers. She told me Bruma was a bit distressed while the group waited. They had been split into two due to the uneven terrain, as there was no much firm land where to stand and limited seating space for only a few, so the dog kept moving back and forth to check people were OK. When the rescue team were struggling to find the walkers, the light from their torches being damped by the weather conditions and their voices drowned by the wind, Bruma barked to lead them to the right spot. She’s a real hero. 🙂

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