The rescuers of the Tatra Volunteer Search and Rescue brought a group of Lithuanian citizens from Zawrat who – without warm clothes and equipment – went to the mountains. Tourists did not have flashlights, and they illuminated the trail with telephones after dark. The TOPR members were notified by Slovak rescuers.
The tourists set off to the mountains on Sunday, spent the night there, and were brought back on Monday morning. A report concerning seven Lithuanians who were stuck near Zawrat in the High Tatras reached the TOPR headquarters in Zakopane at midnight.
It turned out that tourists set off on an alpine expedition on Sunday afternoon. They had no warm clothes and snow fell on the peaks. They also had no flashlights, and they lit the trail with telephones after dark.
TOPR rescue operation
The rescuer on duty of TOPR Witold Cikowski reported that the Lithuanians reached the Gąsienicowa Valley and then set off towards the Zawrat Pass. There they lost their bearings. Tourists called for help by calling 112, but their phone was answered by the Slovak services. The Slovaks, in turn, informed the rescuers of TOPR about the tourists in need.
Two rescuers left for the injured – from Kasprowy Wierch and from the Murowaniec shelter, and a group of rescuers left from the TOPR headquarters. The injured were brought to Czarny Staw. There, one of the women complaining of leg pain and general weakness was taken to a stretcher and carried downstairs. The rest of the group, supported by lifeguards, went down to Zakopane on their own.
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