Climbers called rescue helicopter ‘for a lift’

Posted: August 13, 2013 by kirisyko in Climbing, Rock Climbing
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English: The Helicopter Flight Rescue System i...

English: The Helicopter Flight Rescue System in action. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Two Dutch climbers who apparently pretended to be exhausted to get a lift in a rescue helicopter face a fine that could reach €2,300, according to local broadcaster ORF.

The man and woman aged 27 and 30 climbed a 1,750-metre peak near Salzburg in June, and wrote in the climbers’ book at the top they were going back down by helicopter. They then called a rescue helicopter saying they were too exhausted to continue.

Local officials say they are taking the matter very seriously because search flights are only to be launched when absolutely necessary and because of the risk to rescue workers.

As well as a fine, the two could also face jail of up to six months for calling in a fake emergency, ORF said.

The mind boggles…

    • kirisyko says:

      Cheers for the reblog:)

      • Goaty's News says:

        Thankfully, I’m not aware of this sort of thing happening frequently. Here in the UK the RAF, Royal Navy and the Coastguard do a wonderful job saving lives with their SAR-H service. Big changes are afoot, the military will be handing over their role to a private company under contract – Something I fought against, but lost. Not comfortable with a ‘for profit’ company making profits from this sort of service, together with fear that much experience, skill & local knowledge may be lost. Contract now signed so just have to hope that I am wrong, and the quality of service remains the same or better. Goaty 🙂

      • kirisyko says:

        I wholeheartedly agree. Certain services should not be privatised. Thanks for your comment 🙂

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