Last year, 1,023 people needed help from the Tatra Volunteer Emergency Service. 318 of them suffered serious injuries or suddenly fell ill, and 18 people died in the mountains. TOPR rescuers summarized 2023.
15 tourists died on the Polish side of the Tatra Mountains, and three on the Slovak side. As rescuers point out, this is less fatalities than in 2022. At that time, Tatra rescuers set out 939 times, helping 1,089 people, and 24 accidents ended fatally.
A plea for common sense
Last year, during 893 operations of TOPR rescuers, a total of 1,023 tourists were helped. Of all the rescued people, 318 suffered serious injuries or sudden illnesses, and 297 had minor ailments.
– Once again, we ask you to plan your trips to the Tatra Mountains wisely and we hope that the unfavorable statistics will improve in the coming year – commented the TOPR rescuer on duty.
Many accidents, including tragic ones, occurred among tourists who were unprepared for the expedition. Rescuers appeal to always plan a route according to your skills and prevailing conditions before setting out on the trail.
Death in the Tatra Mountains
One of the tragic events of last year in the Tatra Mountains took place on July 4. Then, the TOPR headquarters received a report that a tourist intending to climb Rysy had not returned from the trip. A search was undertaken in the Morskie Oko area using drones and a helicopter. The rescuers also asked their colleagues for support Slovakia, because there was a possibility that the wanted person had moved to the southern side of the mountains. The next day, a man’s body was found near Bula pod Rysami. As a result of a fall from a great height, a young tourist suffered fatal injuries.
Another tragic event occurred on October 26 in the Giewont area. In the evening, a group of random tourists found a backpack on the summit. Those concerned notified TOPR headquarters. Two groups of rescuers set off to the Giewont area via two routes. While searching the Szczerba Żleb using a drone, rescuers found the body of a tourist who died after falling from Giewont.
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