Daring rock slide helicopter rescue in Alicante

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Daring rock slide helicopter rescue in Alicante
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Daring rock slide helicopter rescue in Spain’s Alicante.

Members of the Alicante Provincial Fire Brigade undertook a daring rescue after a climber fractured his foot and his leg. The climber also had a rock fall on him during a rock slide at the top of the Via Ferrata. The accident took place in the town of Callosa de Segura.

The rescue mission began at around 1pm on Sunday, October 10. The mission lasted until 4pm in the afternoon. According to the provincial police, both the Alpha 01 helicopter and the specialist mountain rescue and health group (GER) were mobilised to help rescue the injured climber.

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The injured climber was a middle-aged Portuguese man. He had stumbled and possibly fractured multiple bones. His stumble caused a rockslide and he ended up being hit by one of the rocks. The stumble is thought to have caused fractures in the man’s foot, tibia and fibula.

The Provincial Consortium of Firefighters rushed to the scene of the incident and used a helicopter to perform the rescue. They were able to successfully pick the climber up from the Via Ferrata. The injured man was then safely rushed to the hospital in Orihuela.


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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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