51-year-old Bri­ton dies af­ter 40-me­tre fall in Polop

Costa Blanca News (North Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - By James Parkes

A 51-YEAR-OLD Bri­tish man died on Wed­nes­day fol­low­ing a 40-me­tre fall as he was climb­ing a moun­tain in Polop de la Ma­rina.

The man was scal­ing the Racó de To­vaines face of Penya Roc with a fel­low climber when a small rock slide broke his rope, re­sult­ing in the tragic fall just af­ter 13.30.

The man hit the rock face sev­eral times as he fell, caus­ing fatal in­juries. As he did fall to the ground, his climb­ing com­pan­ion man­aged to reach him and lower him a few me­tres, but was un­able to get to the bot­tom of the rock, so he con- tacted the emer­gency ser­vices.

A res­cue he­li­copter was called in and fire­men man­aged to carry the vic­tim 200 me­tres to the area where the he­li­copter was able to land. The in­jured man was still alive, but in a very se­ri­ous con­di­tion.

Upon ar­riv­ing at Benidorm fire sta­tion he suf­fered a car­diac ar­rest, but the SAMU emer­gency team were able to re­sus­ci­tate and sta­bilise him, af­ter which he was trans­ferred by am­bu­lance to Vil­la­joyosa Hos­pi­tal.

How­ever, he did not sur­vive the jour­ney and was dead on ar­rival.

Ini­tial re­ports say the two men were prac­tis­ing tra­di­tional climb­ing – where the first climber places his own pro­tec­tion in­clud­ing bolts for his hands and feet on his way up the rock face and his part­ner re­moves the pro­tec­tion while they fol­low the route.

Guardia Civil climbers who helped in the res­cue op­er­a­tion say both men were ex­pe­ri­enced climbers.

Their iden­ti­ties have not been re­vealed so it is not known if they were res­i­dents or on holiday in the area. The as­cent they were at­tempt­ing nor­mally takes around four hours, de­pend­ing on the route taken.

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