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According to our statistics, the MRS receives several SOS calls for lost or injured berry pickers, in the period of May-June. We received such a call today at 5:15 p.m. from citizens, who reported that their relative due to the storm that hit the region this afternoon was disoriented on the mountain and in hypothermia. Fortunately, the person had a full battery on his mobile phone and access to the mobile network almost throughout the operation and was in constant contact with the Operational Center, who gave him instructions and tried to locate him. In parallel, a seven-member team of MRS with an off-road vehicle headed to the high parts of the mountain, in order not to waste time from the location to the possible interception of the person.
After receiving the call, the Operational Center informed the police, who also went to the field with a patrol. After a short time, the person informed that he came to a wide dirt road. In communication with the team, it was decided to move down the road, which according to the description should go down to the village of Velgoshti. Later that was confirmed and at 07:17 pm, the person went out on asphalt road, where he was greeted by the patrol of the SIA Ohrid.
The most common causes for straying and injuring among berry pickers are unstable meteorological conditions, poor readiness, and equipment, as well as the underestimation of mountains. Therefore, we appeal to special attention, regular monitoring of meteorological forecasts, movement in groups of at least two people, proper equipment, carrying sufficient amounts of food and fluids, as well as mobile phones with full batteries. In case of any accidents, it is of great importance to quickly and timely alert the MRS, to prevent further complications of the situation.
Today, in the early morning hours, we assisted the Ohrid sailing community in lowering vessels in the Ohrid Lake. For years, they’re facing an absurd problem due to the lack of a modern marina for storing their vessels, called lake pearls. They are forced to keep them in the fields, few kilometers away from the lake, lifting and lowering them every following season.
As promoters of sustainable tourism and the struggle to preserve the environment for future generations, we share the same fate with sailors. Sharing their strong enthusiasm, we actively joined in their efforts and struggle for as many sailboats as possible in Lake Ohrid, instead of petrol vessels.
Besides enthusiasm, another common thing we have with the sailors is the lack of support by the local and state authorities, which even more motivates us to support and help each other.
Again, we are at disposal of all nature lovers and promoters of environmentally sustainable forms of tourism in our city. As before, we will continue, within our capabilities, to help such activities for free.
Always here for Ohrid and the people of Ohrid,
Your Mountain Rescue Service
Today at 11:15 a.m. a group of domestic tourists, having an adventurous off-road tour with ATVs, alerted the Mountain Rescue Service operational center for an ATV accident, in which two passengers veered off the road and overturned in a ravine ten meters deep. A team of the MRS went immediately to the field, and the operational center alerted the Internal Affairs Department in Ohrid and the Emergency Medical Service. At 11:30 a.m. the team arrived at the scene of accident. To the two injured persons (male and female), both with polytraumas, first aid according to the protocol for this type of intervention was provided. Both were immobilized and transported by an off-road mountain rescue vehicle to the ambulance vehicle that was waiting at the nearest access point. At 12:10 p.m. the two injured persons were handed over to the EMS and transferred to further hospital treatment.
We like to use this opportunity to appeal to the tourist workers and the users of tourist services in adventure tourism, to respect and strictly adhere to the safety rules, and in case of an accident, especially of this kind with polytraumas with possibly serious consequences, to immediately alert us and wait for our teams.
Yesterday, the Operational center of the Ohrid Red Cross MRS received a call for help in delivering food and medicine for a family of sheep breeders, living 3 km away from the village of Svinjishta, Ohrid. The recent snowfalls have made even more difficult their living conditions, far from civilization, without electricity and water. The family, whose basic income is from their flock of seventy sheep, says that there have been heavy snowfalls before, but they have not had any problems. This year due to delays in livestock subsidies and the snow in the early spring, their food, and medicine supplies are running low, as well as the stocks of food for the sheep flock. The Ohrid Red Cross Mountain Rescue Service, in cooperation with the service for social humanitarian activity, today visited the family and delivered food aid, hygiene items, blankets, rubber boots, as well as necessary medicines.
On this occasion, the Mountain Rescue Service used the newly purchased ATV vehicles, equipped with caterpillars for easy movement in snowy conditions, procured within the project “New Opportunities for Safe Winter Adventures”, funded by the European Union, IPA cross-border cooperation program MK/AL. We take this opportunity again to thank the European Union and the EU Delegation in Skopje for their support.
The efficiency and mobility of MRS are of great importance for alleviating the people’s suffering, as well as for encouraging the population to turn to nature, with recreation, sports or some economic activity, stockbreeding, or adventure tourism. The knowledge that there is always a solution to the problems when the situation gets out of control and the sense of security provided by our rescue service is a key factor in achieving these activities.
We also appeal to the local authorities to get involved as soon as possible with the concrete support of the MRS, because the citizens deserve it. A modern and efficient mountain rescue system is not a luxury, but an elementary need and demonstration of responsibility to one’s own people, especially to those who in rural areas struggling alone with all challenges, far from the benefits of modern civilization in cities.