Guardia Civil to the rescue of injured hiker in Almeria

Guardia Civil to the rescue of injured hiker in Almeria
Guardia Civil to the rescue of injured hiker in Almeria Credit: Pixabay

Guardia Civil to the rescue of injured hiker in Spain’s Almeria who had broken his ankle and was over two kilometres away from his vehicle in treacherous terrain.

Almeria Guardia civil swung into action to help out a 49-year-old man who had been hiking and ended up in trouble in El Layon, in the municipality of Bayarque. The man had broken his ankle and had to be carried by stretcher by the Guardia civil and Levante Firefighters for over an hour.

The Guardia civil first learned the man was in trouble after a call for help was raised with the 062 Complex Communications Centre (C.O.S.) of the Almeria Command. The call said that the man had been hiking around the area of El Layon before having broken his ankle.


Officers from the Guardia civil rushed to help the man and met with the injured man’s wife and daughters. His family were able to tell the Guardia civil officers that the man was near an entrance to an abandoned iron mine. The iron mine though was two kilometres away over treacherous terrain.

The Guardia civil officers headed to the iron mine and discovered the man who had a broken ankle. The terrain in the area was difficult and was full of stones and holes. It was also beginning to get dark in the area. This meant that the rescue mission would be difficult.

The officers were able to move the man around 500 metres before the team arrived from the Levante Fire Brigade.

The Levante Fire Brigade worked with the Guardia civil officers and the man soon had his ankle immobilised and was placed on a stretcher for transport. The rescuers had to carry him for over an hour back to the vehicles where he was then evacuated to Granada’s hospital de Baza.


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Alex Glenn is a reporter for Spain’s largest English-speaking newspaper, Euro Weekly News. Formerly she worked in the NHS for 15 years until relocating to Spain in 2018. She loves the Spanish lifestyle, language and culture and spent several years learning Spanish before moving to Spain for a better quality of life. She has made her home in the mountains in Almeria, where she loves being part of a rural community that has a mix of both expats and Spanish residents. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, reading and exploring the area where she lives.


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