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Tatra Mountains. Orla Perć, Żleb Kulczyńskiego. Tourists needed help. Rescue operation at night from Saturday to Sunday

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The rescuers of the Tatra Volunteer Rescue Service (Tatrzańskie Ochotnicze Pogotowie Ratunkowe) from Saturday to Sunday brought four foreigners from Orla Perć. Tourists were unprepared for the journey, they set off for the mountains too late. In the dark and fog, they waited for help in the area of ​​Żleb Kulczyński.

As reported by the lifeguard on duty of the Tatra Volunteer Search and Rescue, on Saturday after 10 p.m., the TOPR headquarters in Zakopane received information from four foreigners in need of help, who found themselves in the area of ​​Żleb Kulczyński within Orla Perć. The rescuers’ expedition set off in their direction.

It turned out that the four men had not suffered any injuries, but were completely unprepared for such a journey. They planned their trip badly, set off to the mountains too late, and in addition there were bad tourist conditions. Their night came to Orla Perć. Tourists in complete darkness and fog were unable to continue their trip.

The men were safely brought, assisted by rescuers, to Hala Gąsienicowa on Sunday around 7 am.

On Saturday, TOPR rescuers also went to fetch an injured tourist who had broken his leg in Wielki Wołowy Żleb. Initially, due to the low cloud level, the rescuers could not reach the victim directly by helicopter, so a 14-person expedition set out to help. Ultimately, however, the clouds gave way and the victim was taken by helicopter to the hospital in Zakopane.

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Weather in the Tatras

There are unfavorable conditions for tourism in the Tatras. The trails are wet and slippery, and there may be some mud on the forest sections. The difficulty is the low cloud ceiling, which limits visibility and makes orientation in the field difficult, which may cause people to go astray. It was freezing cold in the Tatras at night.

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