Rescue intervention for a lost berry picker

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.

Assistance to support sailing in Ohrid and to raise environmental awareness for sustainable use of natural resources

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

Accident in the village Konjsko area

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.

Food and medicine delivery in the area of v. Svinjishta

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.

Two interventions in one day

On February 21, 2021 (Sunday), at 4:35 pm, MRS received a call for assistance from the Emergency Medical Service Ohrid, in providing help to an injured boy in the area “Labino”, who due to carelessness and slipping, suffered a serious injury in the left knee. Due to the inability of the ambulance to access the scene of the accident, the Mountain Rescue Service alerted its volunteers, some of whom, fortunately, live in the immediate vicinity and were the first to arrive at the scene with a private boat. They also transferred the medical team, which immediately provided medical treatment to the injured boy for pain relief, while the other members of the MRS team arrived with specialized equipment for immobilization and safe transport. After complete immobilization, the injured person was transported by the boat to the EMS vehicle and transported to the Special Hospital for Orthopedics and Traumatology “St. Erasmus” Ohrid, for further treatment. The action ended at 5:20 p.m.

An hour later, at 6:20 p.m. the Mountain Rescue Service SOS phone rang again. This time it was for a request to help in rescuing a cat. The cat climbed on a tree, at a height of about 15 meters and couldn’t come down for three days. A Mountain Rescue Service team was mobilized again and headed to the orchard, near the monastery of St. Naum. Around 8:00 pm managed to safely rescue the cat and to calm the worried owners.

The Ohrid Red Cross Mountain Rescue Service wishes a speedy recovery to the injured boy and happy moments for the owners of the cat.

New intervention of the Mountain Rescue Service and Appeal to the public

Tonight at 5:35 pm, the Mountain Rescue Service operational center received a call for retrieving a stuck vehicle driven by Hungarian citizens, on the pass of the regional road Ohrid – Oteshevo. This is not the first such intervention since the beginning of the year. The Mountain Rescue Service, on several occasions before, while performing its regular activities, has been pulling out stuck vehicles on this road, which mostly is due to the drivers’ negligence, who do not respect the ban for moving on this road in winter conditions, as well as the inadequate equipment of their vehicles for driving in winter conditions.

The Ohrid Red Cross Mountain Rescue Service uses a significant part of its resources and volunteer work for such interventions, which are caused by the negligence of individuals, so we appeal to the public to understand and respect what we do, which will help us be prepared to act in serious mountain accidents when our resources are crucial to saving human lives.

We appeal to the citizens to strictly observe the traffic rules and regulations for the use of this road, which is not maintained in winter, due to which is partially closed to traffic. The road leading to the picnic spot Korita is allowed for traffic but due to the often not proper maintenance of this section as well, it is completely covered with ice and it’s not safe for traffic. The citizens are advised to adapt to the road conditions, or not to use it at all if they’re not properly equipped for snow and ice.

We appeal to the authorities to regularly maintain the section to the picnic spot Korita or to completely ban traffic on this road, which is obviously a serious threat to the safety of drivers and their passengers.

We wish you a safe stay in nature.

A tragic accident on Galichica mountain

At 01:45 pm today, the operational center of the Mountain Rescue Service received a call for a tractor accident, which occurred on a forest road near the regional road Ohrid-Oteshevo, on the mountain Galichica. A team of three rescuers immediately head to the scene of the accident, but unfortunately could not do anything to save the young man, who was driving the tractor. Also, the Sector for internal affairs and the Emergency Medical Service were notified.

We sincerely mourn for the lost life and express our sincere condolences to the family.

MRS intervention in the Struga region

At 01:25 pm today, the operational center of the Ohrid Red Cross Mountain Rescue Service was alerted by the Crisis Management Center, about a missing person above the auto camp Livadishte. According to the report, the person was in a bad condition, disoriented, dehydrated, and visibly upset.

According to the information received from the CMC operator, the lost person had about 5% of the mobile phone battery capacity, which contributed to complicating the situation. The MRS Operational Center immediately contacted the person, pointing out the procedures for safe waiting of the rescue teams and with instructions for his quick location, through the SMS location system. In a short time, a team of four rescuers was mobilized, which immediately headed to the field, and in the meantime, the exact position of the person was reached through the location system.

The team arrived at the location at 2:10 pm, where the 37-year-old from Struga was found in a visibly debilitated condition, dehydrated, but with stable vital parameters. After a short intervention, through dense vegetation and difficult terrain, the person was safely evacuated to the MRS off-road vehicle and then transported to his own home.

We use this opportunity to appeal to all nature and mountain lovers, to respect the basic rules for movement on mountainous terrain, to move in groups of at least two people, to have appropriate equipment for the planned tour, as well as a sufficient amount of food and fluids.

We also appeal to be paid attention to the capacity of the batteries of the mobile phones, as well as to be memorized the SOS number of the MRS, if they move on the territory of the municipalities of Ohrid, Struga, Vevcani, Debrca, and Resen.