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Chinese hiker rescued after fall on frozen mountainside

Man stretchered off peak in Inner Mongolia after search by rescue team, newspaper reports

PUBLISHED : Monday, 16 January, 2017, 2:25pm
UPDATED : Monday, 16 January, 2017, 2:25pm

A hiker was rescued after he fell and was injured in freezing conditions on a mountainside in northern China, a newspaper reported.

The man fell tens of metres into a valley while hiking Gegenmiao mountain on the border area between Inner Mongolia and Jilin province on Saturday, the news website said.

A rescue team official was quoted as saying two women who were walking with the man earlier in the day had alerted the authorities after they later failed to make contact with him.

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A rescue team was already in the area training and started a search.

Its team leader kept trying the man’s mobile phone and finally managed to make contact.

“He could not clearly locate his position,” the rescue team leader was quoted as saying.

“There were at least five or six similar valleys similar to his description and each were five to 6 km apart from each other. It was a very big area to search.”

The search team also had to contend with deep snow in the area, he said.

The team finally found the man who had been trapped for more than two hours. “Although he was wearing protective clothes, his body was almost frozen,” the search team leader said.

The man, who had injured his ankle and showed symptoms of bone fractures, was carried down the mountain on a stretcher.

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Cao Jichuan, a fire authority official, said : “The low temperatures would quickly exhaust phone batteries. It would be much more difficult for the rescue team if the phone had turned off.”

Cao also warned hikers to not rely on phone apps to track their location as it was easy to lose a signal in the mountains.