Ruku Pichincha Volcano Ecuador: Four Mountain Climbers rescued including three foreign tourists

Posted on May 3, 2016 • Filed under: Ecuador, Ecuador Emergency, Ecuador Travel reported units of the Police and Fire Department Quito rescued Monday night three foreign tourists and an Ecuadorian who were in emergency situation when conducting a journey through the Ruco Pichincha volcano, located west of the Ecuadorian capital.

A phone call to the System Security and Safety 911 ECU warned about the situation of mountaineers who have been trapped in an area known as El Arenal and could not descend because of the high clouds and a storm in the sector.

Rescuers located the Ecuadorian, two British and one German tourist and moved to the cable car system works sector in the place where they received medical care.

Cristian Rivera, director of the Emergency Operations Committee (COE) of the Municipality of Quito, said the tourists had sheltered in a cave in the area and that during the rescue operation came a hailstorm.

Experienced mountaineers pictures of hypothermia and was achieved thanks to locate a telephone, Rivera said noting that “almost could not walk in the cold.”

Rivera advised tourists planning to ascend to the Ruco Pichincha do so with professional guides, as the mountain can be difficult for the weather conditions. Read Article


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