Fishtail Air & Air Zermatt’s team made a record breaking rescue on 29th April, 2010 using ‘human sling operation’, on Mt. Annapurna I (8091m/26,545ft). Three Spanish climbers were evacuated from 6900m by Fishtail Air’s AS 350 B3, using human sling operation. The climbers were stranded in the mountain due to bad weather for 36 hours.
The rescue operation was carried out by Capt. Daniel Aufdenblatten from Air Zermatt, Switzerland, while Swiss Mountain Guide, Richard Lenner hung on the sling and lifted the stranded climbers. The three Spanish climbers were evacuated with the longline, one by one and flown to base camp at 4000 meter. This was the highest longline rescue in history. Fishtail Air has been carrying out special rescue missions this season, together with Air Zermatt’s assistance, using it’s newly acquired AS 350 B3. Recently the team had rescued 4 Korean Climbers and 3 Nepalese Sherpas from 6,500m at Mt. Manaslu on 26th April.
Starting the sling operation
Highest rescue in the History-Human sling operation
Rescuing the clients
Kathmandu ( April 26, 2010): Renowned American filmmaker, adventurer and author David Breashers enjoyed a mountain flight to Everest region via Fishtail Air’s chopper yesterday (25th April ).
Best known for co-directing, photographing, and co-producing the acclaimed IMAX film ‘Everest’ in 1996, Breashers has also worked on feature films like ‘ Seven Years in Tibet’ and ‘Cliffhanger’, and the award-winning documentary ‘Red Flag over Tibet’. In 1983 he transmitted the first live pictures from the summit of Mount Everest. For his achievement in filmmaking he has been awarded four Emmy Awards. David Breashers has also co-authored National Geographic’s best-selling book ‘Last Climb’ which documents the disappearance of George Mallory and Andrew Irvine on Mount Everest in 1924. His memoir entitled ‘High Exposure: An Enduring Passion for Everest and Unforgiving Places’ (Simon & Schuster), documenting his life as a mountaineer and filmmaker, remains a best-seller.
David Breashers (3rd from Left) with friends and Fishtail Air’s crew
Kathmandu, Nepal (April 23, 2010): In a dangerous operation, Fishtail Air airlifted the dead body of a Danish mountaineer Philip Ulrich using sling operation at Mt. Kyajo Ri(6186m/ 20,290 feet) in the Khumbu Himal. Unfortunately Ulrich fell to his death (from 19,000m), between Base Camp and summit. Late Philip Ulrich (52 years) was climbing Mt. Kyajo Ri with his son.
Sherpas were unable to retrieve his dead body, as his body had landed at an inaccessible point. As there was no other way to retrieve the dead body, Danish Embassy finally requested ‘Fishtail Air’ to airlift late Ulrich’s body.
Capt. Sabin Basnyat and Technician Purna Awale retrieved the dead body using ‘sling operation’, on Fishtail Air’s newly arrived Aircraft, AS 350 B3. While Sabin Basnyat controlled the chopper, Mr. Awale hung on to a 45m long rope and tied the dead body to a harness, after which it was flown to safe ground. This is the first such operation carried out by Fishtail Air’s Capt.Sabin Basnyat and Technician Purna Awale after receiving training for the same at ‘Air Zermatt’ in Switzerland last month.
Pics: Late Peter Ulrich’s dead body being air lifted by Fishtail Air’ as 350 B3 using ‘sling operation’ at Mt. Kyajo Ri (6186m), Khumbu Himal