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A black series of fatal accidents in the Tatra Mountains. One wrong move can cost your life

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As many as ten accidents occurred on June 15 in the Tatra Mountains. A tourist died in one of them. The man most likely slipped on a patch of frozen snow and fell from a great height, suffering fatal injuries. Conditions are still very difficult in the higher parts of the Tatra Mountains.

Saturday noon. The man was already coming down from the Chałubiński Gate. He most likely slipped on a patch of frozen snow and fell from a great height.

– Then he fell into the stones at the foot of this snowflake, and when his colleagues arrived, his condition was serious – describes Andrzej Maciata, a rescuer from the Tatra Volunteer Emergency Service. Despite resuscitation, the 70-year-old tourist died on the spot.

This is the third in a series of fatal accidents in the Tatra Mountains. Rescuers carried out rescue operations 10 times on Saturday alone. The two most dangerous accidents took place on the trail to Rysy.

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– The previous two fatal accidents, which occurred on Friday and last Saturday, were also accidents of slipping on snow, in the same place – says Andrzej Maciata.

“This is all a snow problem”

In the first accident, a man died who fell from Zmarzła Przelączka Wyżna, sliding down the Honoratka gully. He suffered fatal injuries. 18 rescuers from the Tatra Volunteer Emergency Service took part in the action. Due to bad weather conditions – rain and fog – they were unable to fly to the accident site by helicopter.

– While the expedition was heading to the site, a second report came from Zawratowe Żleb, where a tourist slipped and fell on stones, and fortunately, nothing serious happened – says Kamil Suder, a rescuer from the Tatra Volunteer Rescue Service.

– She suffered injuries to her limbs and head, her companions were unable to help her, they also had problems with getting down – says Łukasz Kowalczyk, a rescuer from the Tatra Volunteer Rescue Service.

Accidents in the Tatra Mountains. Rescuers appeal to tourists to be careful TVN24

On the same day, it turned out that one of the tourists did not return to the shelter for the night. The man also died in the Tatra Mountains.

– This is all a snow problem. In fact, it is a problem with the preparation of these tourists, with footwear, with appropriate equipment – says Andrzej Maciata.

Once on top, one wrong move could cost you your life. Especially since the conditions in the higher parts of the Tatra Mountains are still very difficult. – It's almost summer down there, but in such shaded places it's still winter – says Andrzej Maciata.

“People often approach like: what's 40-50 meters in the snow?”

– There is still a large amount of snow at Wroty Chałubińskiego, on the Zawrat Pass, on the Kozia Przełęcz from the Gąsienicowa Valley – points out Tomasz Zając from the Tatra National Park.

– And now, due to the fact that almost no one is prepared for these snow conditions, does not have crampons or ice axes, these slips can very often end fatally – warns Kamil Suder, a rescuer from the Tatra Volunteer Search and Rescue Service.

Rescuers remind us – we do not go to the mountains at any cost. Preparation, not only in terms of equipment, but also in terms of fitness, is essential. Even in summer, mandatory equipment on trails in the higher parts of the Tatra Mountains is a helmet, ice ax and professional crampons.

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– Of course not crawling. We can use crawfish on Krupówki or in the Kościeliska Valley. Raczki are absolutely not suitable for high-mountain trips – says Maciej Bielawski, a Tatra guide.

– People often say: what is this, we have to walk 40-50 meters in this snow, we simply don't want to put on these crampons, even though we have them. And here it is unfortunately disastrous – emphasizes Tomasz Zając.

Rescuers of the Tatra Volunteer Emergency Service – regardless of the season – constantly appeal for caution and not to overestimate their skills.

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