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Tatra Mountains in Slovakia. A Pole got stuck near Rysy during a storm. Rescuer struck by lightning during action

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A rescuer from the Slovak Horska Zachranna Serwis was struck by lightning during a rescue operation near the southern side of Rysy. During the storm, a 67-year-old tourist from Poland got stuck there, who went to the Tatra Mountains – despite the bad weather – on a lonely trip. The man was taken by helicopter.

As reported in a message by the Horska Zachranna Service (equivalent to TOPR na Slovakia), on Friday the rescuers of this formation set out to help a 67-year-old tourist from Poland who called the emergency number 112 asking for help.

The man informed the rescuers that during a lonely trip he got lost on the trail leading from Chata pod Rysami. This shelter is located in the Slovak High Tatras, at an altitude of 2,241 meters above sea level. The 67-year-old became disoriented during the storm and became stuck in what he said was an open and snowy area.

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The lightning struck a mountain rescuer

The Pole could not give his exact location. Two rescuers were transported from Poprad to Štrbské Pleso – closer to Rysy – during the weather window. There, together with the crew of the Polish Medical Air Rescue, they waited out another storm attack.

After the storm passed, rescuers arrived on board a helicopter to Wielki Żabie Staw, located near the Chata pod Rysami. From there, they set out on foot to look for a Polish tourist. In the afternoon, however, the storm intensified again. SHMU – the Slovak equivalent of IMGW – then issued the third, highest degree of storm threat. Rescuers could not join the helicopter rescue operation. This was only done in the evening.

HZS rescuers helped a Pole on the Slovak side of RysyHorská záchranná service

Rescuers rushed to help in the search for the 67-year-old. “During the ground transport, one of the rescuers was struck by lightning. Fortunately, no one was seriously injured, so the rescue operation could be continued” – we read in the HZS release.

Read also: Fatal accident of a Pole in the Slovak Tatra Mountains

The Pole was finally found. The man was taken on a helicopter winch and transported to the airstrip in Stary Smokovec, where he was safe.

“We strongly caution mountain visitors not to take the weather conditions lightly, follow the weather forecast and heed the warnings issued by SHMÚ!” – wrote HZS rescuers.

HZS rescuers helped a Pole on the Slovak side of RysyHorská záchranná service

Main photo source: Horská záchranná service

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