Dramatic rescue of German tourist from Calpe giant rock on Costa Blanca

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AIRLIFTED: The rescue team evacuated the stricken walker from the rock path. CREDIT: Dave Stockton

A GERMAN walker had to be airlifted from Calpe’s landmark Penyal d’Ifach rock after suffering what Spanish press reported was a suspected stroke while climbing up the limestone outcrop on Monday afternoon.

As these dramatic pictures show, a rescue team from the Alicante firefighters’ consortium Benissa fire station evacuated the stricken walker from the narrow path leading up to the rock tunnel.

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The helicopter then made immediately for the Sant Vicent del Rapeig park, where an ambulance was waiting to rush the German to the Alicante general hospital.

The hike up the 330-metre high rock is a popular visitor attraction.


Cathy Elelman is the local writer for the Costa de Almeria edition of the Euro Weekly News.

Based in Mojacar for the last 21 years, Cathy is very much part of the local community and is always well and truly up on all the latest news and events going on in this region of Spain.

Her top goals are to do the best job she can informing the local English-speaking community, visitors to the area and the wider world about about the news in Almeria, to learn something new every day, and to embrace very new challenge this fast-changing world brings her way.

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