Les Droites, face South: two Spanish mountaineers rescued


On the night of Saturday 13 to Sunday 14 November 2021, a land caravan made up of nine rescuers from the PGHM of Chamonix and an emergency doctor, rescued two mountaineers of Spanish nationality on the Talèfre glacier.

The Droites, face South Photo source: www.camptocamp.org
The gendarmes rescuers of the PGHM of Chamonix spent the whole night at more than 3,200 meters to rescue the two Spanish mountaineers engaged in the south face of the Droites (4,000 m), of the Mont-Blanc massif (Haute-Savoie). Photo PGHM Haute-Savoie


According to Dauphiné Libéré, the roped team composed of two Spanish mountaineers aged respectively 27 and 44, had previously ascended the north face before plunging back to the Talèfre basin via the south face. But somewhere in the last two rappels, one fell nearly 50 meters, ending on the glacier below.

The second climber, who witnessed the all scene and was still attached to the relay, gave the alert at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday 13 November, but the unstable weather did not allow to the Chamonix PGHM gendarms to be dropped off by helicopter at their level.

Under the orders of Lieutenant-Colonel Bertrand, a land caravan made up of nine rescuers and an emergency doctor was dispatched. They arrived near the victim at 4.30 p.m.

The mountaineer, who suffered numerous fractures, was as a life-threatening emergency.

An air evacuation operation during night

The caravan of rescuers, waited for a good weather window which finally allowed the evacuation by air at 1:30 am. The seriously injured mountaineer was taken to Sallanches Hospital.

The evacuation of the rescuers and the other rescued climber took place on Sunday 14 November, in the morning, when the weather was more favorable.

Source: @Dauphiné Libéré

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