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Slovakia. Polish tourists trapped. They lost their strength, darkness caught them

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Three Polish tourists got stuck in the High Tatras in Slovakia on Friday. The climbers had to stop their trip because of hypothermia and fatigue, and they were caught in the mountains by darkness. Rescuers from Horska Zachranna Sluzba came to their aid.

As reported by the Slovak Horska Zachranna Sluzba, three Polish climbers got stuck under the Gerlach peak on Friday evening. The Poles reached about 150 meters below the Tetmajer Pass, located between Zadni Gerlach and the main peak, but due to severe cooling, exhaustion and approaching darkness, they had to stop climbing and were unable to leave the trail on their own.

Rescue operation

Slovak rescuers set off to help on board a helicopter. The Poles were evacuated one by one at night by HZS rescuers using an on-board crane. Two people were transported to the Dom Śląski shelter in the Wielicka Valley, and the third person left the helicopter in Starý Smokovec. All were then transported to the Horská Zachranna Służba headquarters in Starý Smokovec, where they regained their strength. The Poles did not suffer any physical injuries.

Gerlach rises to 2655 meters above sea level and is the highest peak in the Tatras and in the entire Carpathians. It lies entirely on the Slovak side. There are no hiking trails on Gerlach, and only qualified people or those led by high-mountain guides with special qualifications can climb the peak.

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According to HZS information, this was not the only Friday operation in which Slovak rescuers helped Poles. Dangerous situations also occurred in the Great Fatra and the Small Rozsutec.

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