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Air Zermatt is called out on more than 2000 rescue missions every year. Last weekend alone, Air Zermatt registered 18 rescues. The alarms were raised via the Cantonal Valais Rescue Organisation (KWRO) with the emergency number 144. Last weekend, the Valais rescuers received an unusual emergency call.
Air Zermatt evacuated four people from the Matterhorn on Friday morning in an elaborate rescue operation. Exhausted, the climbers had already sent out an emergency call on Thursday evening. However, strong winds made a quick rescue impossible. After a night on the mountain, the climbers were finally flown out of the Matterhorn on Friday morning.
Air Zermatt AG was able to present various innovations to its shareholders at its 53rd general meeting on Riffelalp above Zermatt. These included a new type of rescue bag and an ingenious system for mounting aircraft warning spheres. In addition, Air Zermatt pilots will now be trained on a modern flight simulator.
Temperatures of over 30 degrees and a long weekend attracted numerous people to the mountains. Accordingly, Air Zermatt had its hands full from Corpus Christi until Sunday evening. In total, the rescue crews were called out on 29 missions. Saturday was the most intensive day with 15 rescues and the evacuation of the St. Niklaus-Jungen cable car.
This winter, Air Zermatt was awarded the golden rescue trophy for the winter 2021/22 by the International Skiareatest! The crew had the pleasure of receiving the prize including a certificate for winning first place last weekend in Gstaad.
The Air Zermatt was called at 6:20 this morning to a major rescue operation at the Grand Combin in the municipality of Val de Bagnes. More than ten people were hit by a glacier collapse at an altitude of 3500 meters and were injured, some of them severely to very severely, several people even died in the accident.
Air Zermatt has flown several extraordinary missions in the past few days. On Monday morning two climbers in distress were rescued from the north face of the Matterhorn, and on Sunday Air Zermatt was called to a paragliding accident in Bitsch.
At the weekend, Air Zermatt was called to an extraordinary rescue operation in the creek of the Furggletscher glacier. A skier broke through the snow cover into a raging glacier stream and was dragged along for several metres. Thanks to the well-rehearsed rescue crew, the victim was rescued and survived the accident.
It’s now official: the Air Zermatt pop-up store at the Bahnhofplatz in Zermatt will open its doors for another year.
Philippe Imboden is leaving Air Zermatt at the end of April after over 30 years. Now approaching 60, Imboden has worked in almost every department at Air Zermatt and knows the company inside and out. Before his departure, he looks back with a smile and a heavy heart at the highs and low of his time spent at the heliport in Zermatt.