With the opening up of the Sierra Nevada now that people are free to move around, there have been three separate accidents on the first day.
To be fair, it should be pointed out that these were not skiing accidents but exurcionists who had taken a tumble down a steep slope, and in one case, with a fatal ending.
The first accident involved a middle-aged man who took a fall while attempting to scale the Corral del Veleta in Monachil, according to the 112 emergency service.
It was 14.45h yesterday that the Guardia Civil, mountain-rescue team, Sereim, was called out to rescue the victim, whom they were told was in a very bad state. The air ambulance was also despatched.
Unfortunately, by the time that the rescuers arrived the man was already dead. No further details have been made known.
Yesterday also saw two other mountain accidents. The first was reported by a third party to say that a man had suffered a fall whilst out hiking on the steep area known as the Trevenque, also in Monachil. This time a Guardia-Civil, rescue helicopter was despatched to bring out the 62-year-old man, who had a fractured foot – he was flown to the PTS hospital in Granada.
Finally, another man required assistance near the Dílar Reservoir. The rescuers in this last case were ski-slope workers employed by the company that manages the ski resort, Cetursa. The 45-year-old man had a twisted ankle and the workers were able to reach him and bring him back to the ski-station to be attended to by medical staff there.
(News: Sierra Nevada, Granada, Andalucia)