25. July 2022


On 1 May, the Air Zermatt rescue crew was called out together with Zermatt rescue specialists on a unique mission on the Furgg glacier. A 60-year-old man had fallen through the snow into the Furggbach stream and had been dragged downstream by the water. He was rescued from the freezing water at the last minute in a complex operation, ultimately suffering only frostbite.

Just a few days later, he was doing well and wanted to thank the rescue team for their efforts. The rescue crew and those from Air Zermatt and the mountain specialists from the Zermatt rescue station who had also been involved in the rescue were invited to Cervinia for two days. Together with the family and friends of the accident victim, they enjoyed a dinner and pleasant conversation until late into the evening.

This was a well-appreciated and somewhat rare occasion for all of those involved, as only around 1% of accident victims go on to contact the rescue crew afterwards. The rescue specialists and Air Zermatt also appreciated the gratitude they were shown, and the evening will be remembered by the group for a long time to come.

Air Zermatt would like to wish the whole family all the best for the future.

Picture caption (from left): Family and friends of the casualty (four from left), Yann Dupertuis, Gerold Biner, Sandro Imboden, Simon Anthamatten, Louis Gruber, Thomas Zumtaugwald and Tizian Gruber. 


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