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