The avalanche swept away two foreign mountaineers, both of whom were seriously injured

In the Kamniška Savinja Alps, an avalanche swept away two mountaineers on Sunday below the Turski žlebom. In a rescue operation lasting several hours, 21 mountain rescuers carried two seriously injured foreign mountaineers to the Logar Valley, where they were handed over to the emergency medical aid teams.

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“It is important that you have and know how to use winter equipment: crampons, ice ax, avalanche axe,” they warn the GRS.

In the Kamniška Savinja Alps, an avalanche swept away two mountaineers on Sunday below the Turski žlebom. Mountain rescuers received a call for help around half past one in the afternoon. Due to the bad weather conditions, which were hindered by fog, snow and rain, a helicopter rescue was not possible, he explained to our website Ales Kovač from the Celje Mountain Rescue Service.

A classic rescue operation took place, in which 21 mountain rescuers participated, who arrived at the scene of the accident around 3 p.m. The rescuers arrived in the valley around 19:00 with two seriously injured mountaineers, Kovač said.

The injured foreign mountaineer was handed over by the mountain rescuers in the Logarska Valley to the rescuers of the Mozirje and Velenje Emergency Medical Services, who then transported them to the Celje hospital for further care.

An accident with a low level of danger

We recommend that you do not go to the mountains for at least three days after heavy snowfall due to the increased risk of triggering avalanches. Prepare well for tours in winter conditions. It is important that you have and know how to use winter equipment: crampons, ice axe, avalanche triple. For those of you who are not good at walking in the mountains in winter, we advise you to attend the Safely in the Mountains in Winter courses, organized by the Mountaineering Association of Slovenia, mountain guides Association of Mountain Guides of Slovenia or the GRS association in Slovenia. Good luck and be careful on your way to the mountains,” the GRZS also wrote. Mountain rescuers are also warning that mountaineers should be well prepared for tours in winter conditions.

The avalanche under the Turski chlebo was triggered on Sunday, despite the fact that the first level on the five-level avalanche danger scale was declared. In the avalanche bulletin, which is regularly published by the Environmental Agency, it was announced for Saturday and Sunday that avalanche conditions will worsen slightly.


Exceeded last year’s record number of interventions

This year, mountain rescuers already made 653 interventions, while last year they rushed to help 626 times in the whole year, which was the most in the history of mountain rescues.

In this year’s mountain season, which for the first time in two years was not affected by the restrictions related to the covid epidemic, the number of fatal mountain accidents increased noticeably. This year, the mountains claimed 27 human lives, while last year 22 mountaineers died in the mountains, according to the statistics of the Mountain Rescue Association of Slovenia.

The number of visitors to the mountains, who were escorted unharmed by mountain rescuers to the valley, almost doubled. There were 194 such mountaineers last year, and as many as 382 this year. This year, mountain rescuers helped another 124 people with minor injuries (104 last year) and 77 people with serious injuries (99 last year).

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