THE SLOVAK Mountain Rescue Service (HZS) rescued three Hungarian climbers early on the evening of Saturday, January 2, after they were caught in an avalanche in the High Tatras mountains. The men were able to free themselves from beneath the snow despite having suffered serious injuries, including spinal damage.
The Hungarians were descending from Kôpky to Dračia dolina. Several groups of HZS rescuers were dispatched to the site from the High Tatras, Low Tatras, Western Tatras and from Slovak Paradise National Park. Due to the bad weather conditions, it was not possible to send a helicopter or plane. The victims were given first aid and later transported to Popradské pleso. Later, they were driven in ambulances to a hospital in Poprad. The rescue, the first avalanche incident of the year, ended at 16:00.
11. Jan 2010 at 0:00 | Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská