Penza climber falls 3.2 km off mountain in Kabardino-Balkaria
Penza, 16 August 2013. PenzaNews. The Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations reported the first details of the search and rescue operation to save Oleg Borodin, a climber from Penza who fell 3.2 km off Bashhaauz mountain in Kabardino-Balkaria on Friday, August 16.
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“The call of the incident came to the operator’s desk at 10.45. At 11.00 helicopter Mi-8 flew off from Mineralnye Vody, the North Caucasian Regional Emergency Center of the Russian Federation; at 11.32 it landed in the climbers’ camp Bezengi where it took on board seven members of the Elbrus alpine search and rescue team. Half an hour later, Mi-8 landed in the area where the accident took place and rescue workers brought the hurt man to the helicopter. At 12.49 the helicopter was at Nalchik airport, where the man was handed over to the employees of the Center for Disaster Medicine for the delivery to the reception of the Republican Clinical Hospital,” the press service of the Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations told news agency “PenzaNews.”
The ministry added that one of the members of climbing group currently accompanies Oleg Borodin.
“The man came to the mountains with a group of tourists from Samara, which consisted of 25 people and was registered in the climbers’ camp Bezengi. The mountain is 4 km 470 meters high, second-degree complexity. At the time of emergency tourists were in the middle of the way. The other climbers were not injured,” said the press service.