British climbers res­cued

Crack Guardia Civil moun­tain unit as­cend in the dark to aid trapped trio

Costa Blanca News (South Edition) - - Front Page - By Dave Jones [email protected]­

Three British climbers were res­cued from the Pared Ne­gra rock wall in the Sierra de Orihuela after crack Guardia Civil moun­taineers as­cended in the dark to aid the trapped trio

THREE British climbers were res­cued from the ‘Pared Ne­gra’ rock wall in the Sierra de Orihuela in the early hours of Sun­day morn­ing, the emer­gency ser­vices re­ported.

Ac­cord­ing to the Guardia Civil, the Bri­tons – aged 36, 37 and 46 – had climbed the rock face, but when the light be­gan to fade they were un­able to find the cor­rect point to de­scend the sheer moun­tain.

As a re­sult, they de­cided to ab­seil down, ex­plained a force spokesman.

How­ever, their ropes be­came tan­gled and they were trapped at the top of the rock wall.

Re­al­is­ing that they could not go up or down in the dark, they called the emer­gency ser­vices for help, with the tem­per­a­ture de­scend­ing rapidly.

The Guardia Civil scram­bled a team from their crack GREIM moun­tain res­cue unit.

“De­spite the dif­fi­culty and the risks in­volved with climb­ing at night, the of­fi­cers were able to reach their po­si­tion,” ex­plained the spokesman.

“Then they were able to at­tach a rope and lower the climbers in­di­vid­u­ally to the bot­tom of the rock wall.”

The spokesman noted that the res­cue was com­pleted at around 01.00.

Although the climbers had spent more than four hours ‘trapped high on the moun­tain’, all three of them were ‘in per­fect health’ when the res­cue was com­pleted, added the spokesman.

The ‘Pared Ne­gra’ (black wall) stands off the N-340 road be­tween the Palmeral palm tree grove and Orihuela’s fa­mous moun­tain­top cross, the Cruz de la Muela.

It is a pop­u­lar chal­lenge for climbers, with thou­sands of peo­ple tak­ing on the as­cent each year.

The Sierra de Orihuela has a num­ber of sheer rock faces

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