Yet again, Fishtail Air and Maurizio Folini have succeeded in carrying out the highest ever helicopter rescue on Everest. The rescue was carried out in an incredible altitude of 7,800 m. Despite the difficulty to fly in thin air at such high altitudes, renowned Italian Pilot Maurizio Folini piloted the AS 350 B3 to rescue an injured Nepali-Canadian climber at 1:30 pm on the 21st of May. The casualty who faced difficulties in the afternoon of 20th May was lowered several hundred meters the following day by a Sherpa team from where the rescue took place. The previous record too was performed at an altitude of 6,900 m by a team of Fishtail Air & Air Zermatt on 29th April, 2010 using ‘Human Sling Operation’ on Mt. Annapurna.
An avalanche occurred at Camp III of the Mt. Manaslu at 7,300 meters at around 4 am on 23rd September. The climbers were most possibly sleeping when they were hit by the snow. Even though an official data and the name lists of the victims has not been made clear by the officials, it is believed that some twelve climbers have gone missing, thirteen injured and some 8 people have been identified as deceased.
Chopper of Fishtail Air is carrying out the search and rescue operation at the moment. Captain Steven Bruce Bokan is in command of 9N-AJI helicopter for this search and rescue operation.
According to Capt Bokan, the toll may increase as the time passes by and because of the adverse weather the operation has been more so difficult. Most of the victims hail from Germany and France. All those injured so far have been immediately transferred to hospital in Kathmandu for medical treatment.
Our efforts are still on and we hope to rescue all the possible survivors and pray for those who could not make it back to life. May the departed rest in peace.
A bus en-route to Jumla from Kalikot on 11th September 2012, met with an accident. Twenty eight people were killed in that accident and eleven people were injured. All those seriously injured people were flown to Nepalgunj Police Training Center by Fishtail Air Helicopter (9N-AJI) immediately after SOS was received. Captain Steven Bruce Bokan was Flight in Command for the mission.
Fishtail Air extends condolence to those grieved family of departed souls and wishes for speedy recovery of those injured.
Mrs. Mj Mlardninios, from Netherlands was flown in to Kathmandu today by the Chopper of Fishtail air Helicopter (9N-AII). Immediately after receiving an emergency call, Captain Steven Bruce Bokan took off for her rescue.
Mrs. Mlardninios suffered an Ankle Fracture at a place called Chisapani during her hiking trip from Sundarijal to Nagarkot.
Upon landing at Kathmandu Airport, she was immediately transferred to Civic Hospital by an ambulance which saved her from further serious damages.
Fishtail Air wishes her for speedy recovery.
Mr.Sanjaya Kumar Bhatta from India was rescued today from Simikot on our B2 (9N-AKA) helicopter. He was on his pilgrimage to the Holy Kailash Mansarovar when he fell seriously sick because of the high altitude. He immediately called for rescue.
Our helicopter at the moment was based in Simikot and Captain Deepak flew him to Kathmandu.
We wish him the earliest recovery.
Our B3 helicopter is still based at Simikot for the Pilgrimage mission and other rescues on standby.
Our Italian duo of rescue experts Capt. Piergiorgio Rosati and Capt. (Mountain climber) Simone Moro rescued the dead body of a Ukrainian man whose body has been stuck at Tengkangpoche about 18 months using the longline from our B3 helicopter.
The Ukrainian climber had been climbing the Tengkangpoche peak 18 months ago with his female friend who died on a fall while climbing very short of the summit. Her fall left him unroped with no harness. He couldn’t climb up or descend down. Sherpas and locals think he froze to death. His body was in a seated position ever since.
Simone Moro flew with Capt. Rosati on the longline to the body site on a 75 degree slope with a 2000m vertical drop below him while Rosati was hovering. The first day of the evacuation was carried out as Simone drilled the ice face and created an anchor for himself from where he could hang and work on taking the body out. The evacuation was successful only on the second day after rigorous drilling because of the vertical face of the slope at the height of 6380m.
Rescuer/pilot Simone Moro says ‘this extreme one of a kind rescue/evacuation is the highest rescue in the world by a longline on a vertical face.’
The mission was successful and they flew the body to Lukla and then to Kathmandu.
We send our humble condolences to the Ukrainian family.
Fishtail Air team is very grateful to Capt. Piergiorgio and Capt. Simone for carrying out the entire operation. Congratulations and best wishes for your future endeavors. Cheers!
Article: Anusha Udas, Photo: Simone Moro & Piergiorgio Rosati
Two sherpas had been injured in the Serac Fall near Camp 3. On their way up they were hit by an Ice rock and were suffering from severe head injuries. Their friends carried them from there to Camp 2 whereby helicopter rescue would be easier. They called for medevac.
Captain Simone Moro and Captain Piergirorio immediately flew out B3 from Lukla (where it has been stationed as standby for rescue missions) to Everest Camp 2.
They picked up Kami Tenzing Sherpa initially and flew him to Lukla. There after they picked the second Sherpa PemChiri Sherpa on the second shuttle from Lukla and later both were flown to Kathmandu.
We have had successful camp 2 rescues this season and are glad to be able to assist. Fishtail Air sends out best wishes to those that are on their way up and congratulations to those on their descent.
We also would like to introduce to you Captain Piergirorio from Italy who has mainly been flying the rescue mission from Lukla in replacement of Captain Maurizio Folini. He is a sling expert and current working in Italy.
A Swiss lady was rescued this morning from Island Peak Base Camp on our B3 by our rescue team of Capt. Maurizio Folini and Capt. Simone Moro.
She was on her expedition when she collapsed at the base of the steep face, 150m before the summit of Island Peak (6189m approx.). The duo flew to base camp from where Simone Moro got into the longline and they flew to where the lady was stuck at 6050m. They evacuated her from the area and thereafter flew her in the helicopter to Lukla initially and then to the capital for medical attention.
We wish for her earliest recovery and thanking the Italian rescue duo once again.
Lhakpa Nuru Sherpa was rescued from Camp 2 this morning on our helicopter.
Lhakpa Sherpa was stuck at camp 3 from where he was brought down to camp 2 by other sherpas. He was with a group of 9 climbers when he fell sick. He was flown to Lukla on AJI (B3) and from Lukla flown to Kathmandu on VT-DCB (B3) along with his wife. An ambulance immediately took him to Blue Cross hospital for proper medical attention.
Capt. Steven Bruce Bokan and Capt. Maurizio Folini rescued Cory Richards this evening from Everest Base Camp (5364 m).
Cory is a climber/photographer from Colorado, US, working for The National Geographic. Cory is also Nat Geo’s Adventurer of the year 2012. He became the first American to successfully summit an 8,000-meter peak in winter.
He suffered from altitude sickness as doctors say ‘he ran short of breath’ while at Base camp. The duo of captains flew him to Lukla immediately on our B3 helicopter where he received primary treatment. He was flown to Kathmandu the day after for proper medical attention.
We wish this adventurer best wishes for the earliest recovery so you can continue taking wonderful pictures like you always do.