Tragedy as Spanish hiker falls 150-metres

Tragedy as Spanish hiker falls 150-metres
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Tragedy as Spanish hiker falls 150-metres to his death.

The 20-year-old hiker slipped and fell 150 metres while hiking on the Lago de la Cueva route near the Alto de La Farrapona in Asturias’ Somiedo, according to the Emergency Services in Asturias (SEPA).

Rescuers including a medical helicopter from the Emergency Service of the Principality of Asturias rushed to the scene of the accident. Rescuers attempted to perform life-saving manoeuvres for nearly an hour before they confirmed that the young hiker had died. Officers from the Guardia Civil took charge of removing the body.


The emergency services were alerted to the incident shortly before noon on Wednesday, January 12. The caller said that they had seen some boys calling for help in the distance. They reported that one of the boys had fallen and was injured. Mobile phone coverage in the area was limited and there was no road access. The area was also blanketed in snow.

The emergency services mobilised the medical helicopter from the Asturias Fire Department and the Rescue Group. The Guardia Civil also swung into action along with the local ambulance service. Tragically at shortly after 1pm, the rescue group confirmed to the Guardia Civil that the hiker had died.

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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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