Miscellaneous facts. Hautes-Alpes: A mountaineer miraculously survives an earthquake

A 65-year old mountaineer was hurt while climbing the Montagne des Agneaux (Vallouise - Pelvoux) on Monday, July 4.

Miscellaneous facts. Hautes-Alpes: A mountaineer miraculously survives an earthquake

A 65-year old mountaineer was hurt while climbing the Montagne des Agneaux (Vallouise - Pelvoux) on Monday, July 4. A rockfall struck one of the climbers as a group of roped parties advanced on a snowy passage. He was able to untangle his rope for approximately fifty meters after the rocks snatched it.

Rescuers from CRS Alpes de Briancon were alerted to a possible victim of polytrauma. A doctor from Smur 05 was also on board the helicopter of the gendarmerie-air detachment. Police and emergency doctors were able reach the mountaineer and found that he had suffered only minor injuries to his shoulder. According to Brianconnais rescuers, it was "a miracle". Choucas 05 evacuated him to the Briancon hospital.

A doctor and rescuers also intervened in Ceillac at noon to treat a 60-year old mountain biker with chest pains and vomiting. She was airlifted to Briancon hospital. Choucas 05 finally flew to Ailefroide at 5 p.m., to unblock the climbing line.

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