Over 40 rescue missions at the weekend
Air Zermatt helicopters were deployed 41 times for rescues at the weekend. Air Zermatt's ambulance service was also called out on a further 17 missions. The majority of these missions involved winter sports accidents.
Above-average temperatures in the mountains, glorious sunshine and the start of the winter holidays attracted numerous winter sports enthusiasts to the slopes at the weekend. Unfortunately, not everyone will have fond memories of their skiing day. Because the Air Zermatt rescuers had their hands full at the weekend. The Cantonal Valais Rescue Organisation KWRO (emergency number 144) called out the Air Zermatt helicopter crews on 23 rescue missions on Saturday and 18 on Sunday. On both days, three helicopters were usually in action at the same time. The injured winter sports enthusiasts were mainly flown to the hospitals in Visp and Sion; twice the helicopter had to fly to the Inselspital in Bern.
The Air Zermatt rescuers were already in continuous operation last January weekend. At that time, the rescue helicopters flew 44 patients and injured persons to their aid. The ambulance service was called out on 12 missions.
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