January 18, 2022

two French mountaineers wanted by rescuers in the Andes

A team of high mountain rescuers got ready to march Sunday afternoon after the climbers, located in the area of ​​the Andean volcano Ojos del Salado, sent a satellite distress signal.

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Argentine rescuers are looking for two French climbers in the area of ​​the Andean volcano Ojos del Salado, which rises to 6,891 meters above sea level, local police said. on the night of Sunday 26 to Monday 27 December. The climbers who had undertaken its ascent sent a satellite distress signal and a team of high mountain rescuers got into working order on Sunday afternoon.

The help was on Sunday evening at some 5,500 m above sea level, where they set up a temporary camp, before the resumption of research in the early hours on Monday. These were to resume on background “difficult climatic conditions, with heavy rains and hailstorms in the high mountains”, according to the police of the province of Catamarca, located in the north-west of the country.

Rescuers were also able to establish that the group of French people initially consisted of three men, one of whom turned around for problems with acclimatization to the altitude, while the other two continued to climb. The climber who came down was “in good health”, according to the police.

Ojos del Salado is considered the highest volcano in the world, on the border of Chile and Argentina. Mountaineers had to undertake the ascent of the snow-capped peak by the so-called quebrada de Quemadito route, at an altitude of 3,400 m, which requires at least ten days of hiking.