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Himalayan Standby Helicopter Rescue Service in Place this Spring

Posted on: April 23rd, 2010 by Erik Lambert

As reported on Alpinist.com, Air Zermatt of Switzerland and Fishtail Air of Nepal are coming together this spring to put in place the first standby helicopter rescue service in the Himalaya, with one helicopter ready in the Khumbu area and a second rescue chopper on call in the Dhaulagiri region. Both will be manned by a rescue pilot and mountain rescue specialist, and be able to respond within hours of receiving a call on evacuations up to 7000 meters. They will be in place from April 24 to June 2. Check the full story out here, and let us know what you think.

Longline rescue of Tomaz Humar

Swiss rescuer Simon Anthamatten lifts off to recover the dead body of Tomaz Humar on Langtang Lirung in Nepal, November 2009. Longline rescues like this one are uncommon in the Himalayas, but this spring a new standby rescue partnership between Air Zermatt of Switzerland and Fishtail Air of Nepal will employ the technique up to 7000 meters. Photo courtesy of Fishtail Air via Alpinist.com

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