The annual exercise with the code name “HERAKLIS (OOED – KOED) 2023” of the 6th EMAK of Patras provided for the search, rescue and assistance in mountaineering incidents.
The exercise took place this morning at the location “Mavra Vouna”, in Kalogria of the municipality of Western Achaia. The scenario of the exercise predicted that after a landslide and falling rocks there is an injured climber, who is hanging on the ropes at a height of about 30 meters from the ground.
The 6th EMAK is immediately notified, which goes to the area with the specially trained mountain search and rescue team, which approaches the injured person to give him first aid and transport him to a safe place. The injured person also informs the team that has approached him, that there is a second person at the scene, who does not know where he is.
The Canine Search and Rescue Team is then alerted with the specially trained dog to search for the second person, while at the same time a second mountain search and rescue team is launched, heading to the area. The rescue dog manages to locate the second person who is injured in the limbs and head after a fall and alerts the second climbing team to approach and transport the injured person, as he is in a difficult place.
The team reaches the injured person after a fall, offers him first aid and lifts him up to take him to a safer place using the incline method, so that he can be picked up by the ambulance. This particular choice was necessary, as it is impossible to transport the stretcher from another point because after the fall of rocks, the path that could be transported has been blocked.
Finally, the first team with two climbers approached the injured, took him on their side and brought him down to a safe place where he was placed on a stretcher and taken to the ambulance.
The exercise was part of the training and readiness of the potential of the 6her EMAK, for search, rescue and assistance in mountaineering incidents.