The rescue mission began at 20.00h on the 18th, but things became more complicated for the mountain-rescue team when the rain set in, slowing the whole operation down.
The group was found in the Cerro de Huenes, area of the Sierra Nevada but it wasn’t until after four in the morning that the team brought them safely to the Fuente del Hervidero.
The adults and children had decided on a nice morning out on that Sunday aiming to be back in time for lunch – they had a table booked at a restaurant – but things went wrong when they became lost in an abrupt and rocky area, which was when they called 112.
It’s worth mentioning that when the Guardia Civil rescue team located the group, they immediately gave their cold-weather gear to the children, before starting the descent – the youngest ones were carried on their shoulders.
… then the rain began so the team radioed for reinforcements with more cold-weather gear.
But this wasn’t the only call-out on Sunday the 18th because they also had to send a team to Los Cahorros in Monachil where the body of a man had been found, victim of a heart attack.
That was at noon but at 15.00h the Guardia Civil sent out a helicopter with a mountain rescue team to a track that leads to the Pantano de Bermejales from Cacín to rescue a woman with a fractured tibia and fibula. Also involved in this rescue were the Alhama fire service and Protección Civil.
Damn! How can one fail to be proud of our Guardia Civil mountain-rescue teams?
Viva la Benemérita!
(News: Sierra Nevada, Granada, Andalucia)