A 5-hour long unique rescue operation has been carried out in Shatoi District, Chechnya. A tourist with a broken leg was evacuated from mountain river ravine.
More than 30 people, including specialists from the Fire Station No.19 of State Fire Service of Chechnya, rescuers from the Chechnya Search and Rescue Unit of the Russian Emergencies Ministry, Police and local volunteers took part in the operation.
The route, that was following the tourist group, is considered extremely dangerous due to significant elevation difference. A man, 23, slipped and broke his leg during crossing of a mountain river.
Friends of the injured had to get to the nearest settlement to get into cell service area to report firemen and rescuers about the incident.
Upon arrival, rescuers applied a splint and rendered necessary first aid to the injured. Even though rescuers have a lot of experience, never before they had to climb the mountains through narrow mountain paths, cross through three-level waterfalls and carry the stretcher above water, while being neck-deep in ice-cold river. Furthermore, there was a rock-fall hazard.
“From the point of view of profession, this was quite an interesting experience”, said the world-class rescuer Murad Murtazov, also adding that teamwork helped rescuers to bring the injured tourist to ambulance.
Now the man is staying in a hospital in the city of Grozny. His life is not in danger.