Two Abseilers Die in Gully

The bodies of two canyoneering enthusiasts were located yesterday morning within the Barranco del Río Trevélez in an area known as a 'black spot' for this type of activity.

GRA ALP Abseiling Rio Trevelez Deaths JN22The two victims, a 50-year-old male and a 40-year-old female had been reported as missing to the Guardia Civil when they failed to return from the barranco, well known as one of the most dangerous in the province. The police immediately organised a search of the area.

The bodies were found around 11.00h and then the task of recovering the victims was carried out between 13.00h and 15.15h. It was necessary to employ the Guardia Civil rescue helicopter belonging to the Grupo de Rescate e Intervención en Montaña (GREIM).

Yesterdays deaths were not the first to happen in that barranco as with these latest fatalities the number of lives lost  is eight, all of whom were practising abseiling down along its course. The penultimate deaths were that of a father and son in June 2019.

After the death of the father and son members of the rescue team installed anchor points (parabolt) in different spots between the Puente de Palos and a point 300 metres down the river. They did this to make rescue operations  safer as the force of the water is strong enough to catch the unwary and drag them to their deaths.

(News: Trevélez, Alpujarra, Granada, Andalucia)

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