Due to the extremely difficult weather conditions on Mount Elbrus (5642 meters) – the highest peak in the Caucasus – a group of 19 mountaineers called for rescuers. The mountaineers were at an altitude of 5,400 meters. As a result of the action that lasted many hours, 14 climbers were rescued and 5 people died, the authorities announced on Friday.
The action, which was attended by several dozen rescuers, was carried out during heavy snowfall, winds of up to 60 meters per second and air temperature of minus 20 degrees C. According to the representative of the Ministry of Emergency Affairs of Russia, Mikhail Nadiozhdin, 11 mountaineers were transported to a hospital in the city of Nalchik. Three of the rescued refused to benefit from hospital assistance.
The climbers informed the ministry of emergency about their expedition and its route in advance, which facilitated the rescue operation. So far, the nationalities of the participants of the expedition have not been given.
Elbrus – the highest mountain of the Caucasus
Elbrus is the highest peak in the Caucasus at 5,642 meters above sea level. It is located in Russia, in Kabardino-Balkaria, near the border with Georgia. It is the highest mountain in Russia. Depending on the interpretation of the border between Europe and Asia, Elbrus may be included in the Crown of the Earth as the highest peak in Europe.
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