Grüsch for the second time
Just shortly after returning from Grüsch, Rega 5 is once again heading back in the same direction. While snowboarding, a young father and his eight-year-old daughter ended up in an icy ravine and could not get out again. In order not to put himself and his daughter in any further danger, the 31-year-old alerted Rega’s Operations Centre. “The father reacted correctly,” says paramedic Beda Suter. “Raising the alarm early on can – as in this case – prevent something worse from happening.”
As the rescue helicopter approaches the ravine, Beda Suter opens the cabin doors. He and emergency flight physician Anne Bütikofer look down and try to locate the father and his daughter. However, the ravine is in the shade and snow-free areas and trees make it difficult to spot them. Pilot Andreas Flütsch flies the helicopter up the mountainside above the frozen stream at the bottom of the ravine once more before radioing the Operations Centre. He asks the flight coordinator to contact the father and set up a conference call. Consequently, the Rega crew are able to speak to the father over the inflight telephone and he can guide the helicopter to the right place.