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Rescue operation in the Slovak Tatra Mountains. Three Poles got stuck near Gerlach

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Three tourists from Poland got stuck at the top of Gerlach, the highest peak in the Tatras. Slovak mountain rescuers helped them. The tourists were evacuated by helicopter.

Three Polish tourists who got stuck at the top of Gerlach on Monday evening were evacuated from there by helicopter, Slovak mountain rescuers informed. The Poles were unable to continue the expedition. The conditions at the summit deteriorated and night fell.

As the duty officer of the Slovak Horska Zachranna Service informed, the Poles wanted to take the so-called Martin’s Way to the top. However, they failed to cover the route and got stuck near Zadni Gerlach.

Rescue operation in the Tatra Mountains

Rescuers reached the Poles in need on board a helicopter and then, using a winch, took them on board the machine. Then the tourists were transported to the vicinity of Batyżowiecki Lake, from where, assisted by rescuers, they continued the descent on foot. “The rescue operation was complicated by the incoming fog and was carried out at the last possible moment,” the Slovak rescuers wrote on Facebook.

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Gerlach. Illustrative photo kilerus/Shutterstock

PAP, Horská security service

Main photo source: kilerus/Shutterstock

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