Woman survives for two days trapped 12500ft up in the Alps

A woman who survived for 48 hours trapped in a 50ft deep crevasse in the Swiss Alps has been rescued.

She had managed somehow to survive for more than 2 (two) days in an altitude of 12,500ft dressed only in a T-shirt and shorts.

A spokesperson for the Zermatt mountain rescue service said that “we have not seen a rescue like this in nearly 20 years”. The lady, who is believed to be of Russian origin and currently residing in Germany, has not been named.

She fell while hiking on the Monte Rosa massif near Zermatt last Sunday. Her discovery came about on Tuesday when a group of hikers heard her shouts for help. She had set off from a lodge at Monte Rosa on Sunday which is 9,500ft above sea level, although the lodge manager, Kilian Emmenegger, had warned her that she was not properly equipped due to the area being well known for snow and treacherous conditions, even in August.

Despite low temperatures and the conditions, the woman’s body temperature had only fallen to 34c and she had suffered no serious injuries.


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