A very busy day for the Chamonix PGHM


Monday 20 February 2023, a very busy day with several rescue operations for the gendarmes of the Chamonix High Mountain Gendarmerie Platoon (PGHM).

The high mountain gendarmes are in great demand during this school holiday period. Photo source: @DR
The Choucas 74 helicopter of the Chamonix PGHM

Seven rescue operations for the PGHM

The day began at 9:10 a.m. in the morning with the intervention of the gendarmes at Mont d'Arbois for a shoulder dislocation following a fall on skis. Half an hour later, the gendarmerie helicopter evacuated a roped party at Les Drus. The climbers are unharmed.

During the afternoon, two ski falls followed one another with serious consequences for the skiers, including back trauma at 1:00 p.m. at Les Grands Montets, then an ankle injury at 1:40 p.m. at Requin Refuge on the descent of the Vallée Blanche.

At 2:00 p.m., new rescue operation for an ankle trauma in ski mountaineering.

Aerial activity continued during the afternoon for the PGHM, at 4:30 p.m. an evacuation to Contamines-Montjoie of a young skier who had suffered from a dislocated shoulder.

Finally at 4:45 p.m. in Saint-Gervais, a person injured his knee with dislocation of the patella.

Source: @Le Dauphine