The Civil Guard Mountain Service made 974 bailouts in 2018
Trekking is the activity that causes more interventions (454), followed by progression through rough terrain (113) and canyoning (104)
22% of the assisted persons reside abroad. Regarding nationals, 12.56% were from Madrid, 7.67% from Barcelona, 6.52% from Huesca and 5.77% from Zaragoza.
Aragon has been the autonomous community in which there have been more interventions (432), followed by Andalucía (128), Baleares (124) and Castilla y León (108)
On the occasion of the start of the summer campaign, the Civil Guard launched a series of prevention tips to perform activities in the natural environment with greater security
The Civil Guard Mountain Service, during 2018 has made 974 rescues in which the bodies of 103 deceased have been recovered and 588 injured and 782 unharmed.
87 of these interventions have not been in activities carried out in the field of mountain sports, but in some cases they have had to recover the bodies of deceased or injured people in places of difficult access or where the use of technical means for recovery or assistance.
There have been 141 false alarms in which rescue groups have been alerted and the incident has been resolved before the action began.
In 2017, the Mountain Service had 894 interventions in which 101 deaths were rescued. In addition, 549 wounded and 653 unharmed were helped. The increase in interventions is not as significant as it might seem, since 950 were carried out in 2016.
From January 1 to June 30, 2019, the Civil Guard GREIMs have carried out a total of 423 interventions, compared to 391 carried out the previous year in the same period. In these first six months 56 people have been rescued, 270 injured and 252 unharmed.
As usual, hiking has been the activity that has caused more interventions with 454, assuming just over 46.6% of the total. In 2017, 427 rescues were made in this activity, 47.76% of the total. It is the activity most practiced by mountain tourists and in which people are usually started without proper preparation.
The second activity in which the Civil Guard rescue services have had more actions has been the progression through rough terrain (carried out off the marked or marked trails). A total of 113 interventions have been performed, 11.60% compared to 13.75% in the previous year in which 123 interventions were performed.
The canyoning with 104 interventions, mountain skiing with 40 and mountain bike accidents with 24 are followed in bailouts.
Regarding the types of accident or incidents suffered by rescued personnel, there have been 261 trips with falls at the same level, 177 losses, 108 interventions due to physical problems (exhaustion, severe hypothermia, dehydration, heart attacks, etc.) and 99 landslides due to slope (in areas of grass, snow or ice).
22% of the assisted persons reside abroad, an important fact when considering the difficulty of conducting prevention campaigns. As for the origin of the victims residing in our country, 12.56% were from Madrid, 7.67% from Barcelona, 6.52% from Huesca and 5.77% from Zaragoza.
Aragon has been the autonomous community in which the Civil Guard has made more interventions with 432, followed by Andalusia with 128, Balearic Islands with 124 and Castilla y León with 108.
In 21.77% of the accidents in which it was intervened, the aid worker was doing the activity alone and in 92.51% without professional guidance.
As for the ages of the aids, 9.17% of minors have been rescued. The most frequent range is between 41 and 50 years with 20.98%, with similar percentages between 31 and 40 years (20.23%), between 19 and 30 (18.81%) and 51 and 60 (17.65%).
Only 27.83% of those rescued had federative insurance for the activity they were doing.
Regarding the causes of the accident, it is considered that on 439 occasions (55.44%) the assistants have faced an activity for which they were not prepared, without being aware of their limitations: lack of technical level or inexperience in said activity (42, 51%) or lack of physical preparation (30.70%). In 273 accidents, there has been a lack of planning (28.03%) of the activity to be carried out and 13.66% has occurred due to not carrying the appropriate material or carrying it damaged.
The Mountain Service of the Civil Guard collaborates with the Security Committee of the Spanish Federation of Mountain and Climbing Sports (FEDME), to try to obtain a nationwide statistic that allows a more concrete vision of the reasons why they occur accidents and be able to correctly direct the necessary prevention campaigns to avoid them.
The missions of Judicial Police in Mountain are carried out by the GREIMs in general throughout the national territory and by the mountain groups of Mossos de Escuadra and Ertzaintza in their respective autonomous communities.
From the Civil Guard Mountain Service, the need to plan the activities to be carried out in the mountains and in the rest of the natural environment is emphasized again, making a good calculation of the time it will take to carry them out , obtaining information about them and carrying the cartography of the area. Weather forecasts may vary suddenly, mainly in seasons such as spring or late summer, so even if you have provided good weather we will always have to wear clothes for the protected cold in a plastic bag, which can also serve us in case You have an issue.
In line with the FEDME Security Committee, 5 basic tips are launched to address our activity during this summer:
1.- Prepare your itinerary
2.- Equip yourself properly
3.- Check the weather forecast
4.- Know your possibilities for the activity you are going to do
5.- Leave said where are you going
Most of the national territory is covered by a telephone company, so that will allow us to make a call for help with our mobile phone to the emergency center 112. To do this we will undertake our activity with the fully charged phone battery and not It is too much to carry a spare battery or a powerbank for recharging.
In case you have to see yourself to ask for help, include in your backpack a high visibility vest such as those worn in the car, a flashlight, if possible frontal, and a whistle. They do not weigh or occupy almost anything and can make you get out of trouble if you want to be located more quickly in the case of asking for help.
We have started the summer with quite high temperatures, even in height, so it is advisable to get up early to finish the activities before noon and avoid getting involved in problems with heat stroke. Do not forget to apply appropriate sun protection to the skin of each and wear a cap and glasses also with good protection against ultraviolet rays.
Mountain activities are best enjoyed with good friends. Avoid doing mountain alone and if you want to face an activity according to your possibilities for which you have no partner, or for which you are not sure, hire a professional guide.