TRAGEDY has struck Spain after a mountaineer sadly lost his life after falling down a slope in the Sierra de Madrid.
As reported by the 112 emergency services, a man, who is reported to be around 50-years-old, plummeted some 300 metres to his death as he was reaching the top of the Peñalara mountain today (January 12). The tragic accident was called in by another mountaineer on the slopes at the time who witnessed the man fall at the great height.
Upon being notified, members of the Special Group of Rescue in Height (GERA) were deployed to the scene, mounting a search and rescue operation in the hope that there may be signs of life. They subsequently located the lifeless body of the man, however there was nothing that could be done to save him as he was pronounced dead on the mountain.
As Euro Weekly News understands, a helicopter then moved to the site in order to remove the man’s body, where it is understood that the victim was taken to a Medical Centre for an autopsy. Officers from the Guardia Civil are now attempting to identify the deceased man who was not carrying any identification on him when he died.
Peñalara is a popular setting for experienced mountaineers and hikers which boasts the highest mountain peak in the mountain range of Guadarramam. Situated just outside of Spain’s capital, the mountain offers unparalleled views of the surrounding landscapes. Straddling the provinces of Segovia and Madrid, Peñalara reaches a height of 2,428 metres above sea level.