WHAT A RESCUE!
9th January 2019
A helicopter pilot showed extraordinary flying skills during a rescue in the French Alps. The rescue was captured on video.
The rescue took place on Wednesday 2nd January this year on a steep slope in the Haute-Savoie.
Rescue videos were captured by Nicolas Derely on his mobile device and have just been posted on Facebook.
The video footage shows the French mountain police and rescue team helping a young injured skier, who was then hoisted up on the outside of the helicopter for a breezy transfer to hospital in Chamonix.
What becomes noticeable is the extraordinary precision with which the pilot was able to get close to the mountain to drop off the three members of the rescue crew.
The helicopter’s blades continued to spin within inches of the mountain face as the pilot held the helicopter still allowing the rescuers to hop off close to the ground.
The pilot exercised the same precision later in the day when he returned to collect the crew and injured skier.
The pilot shows extraordinary skill and nerve.
The pilot was Lieutenant Jean-Francois Martin from Chamonix Gendarmerie.
He used a manoeuvre called ‘skate support’ to save time as the weather was changeable.
It is a manoeuvre that they practise often.
Watch below as the helicopter approaches the mountain and drops off the rescue team.
The pilot holds the helicopter still as the group of three hop out of the helicopter on to the mountain to attend the injured skier.
The helicopter then flies off:
The early part of the footage below is slightly upsetting as the mountain rescue crew stabilise the young man ready for helicopter transfer to hospital in Chamonix:
The helicopter returns.
Once again it hovers precariously close to the mountain as it collects two of its rescue crew.
Watch below as the injured skier’s harness is then attached to a winch and, with the third member of the rescue team also attached, both are air lifted to safety down to Chamonix:
The whole exercise was calm, swift, precise and quite extraordinary.
The crew should be applauded.
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