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.

Another MRS intervention this month

At 9:39 am today, the operational center of the Mountain Rescue Service received a call from a citizen who reported an accident that occurred on a mountainous terrain while cutting trees, on the move from the village of Kosel to the village of Openjca. According to initial information, during the woodcutting, a large tree fell on one of the workers and caused him serious injuries. The scene of the accident was located with the SMS locating system, after which a five-member team was immediately mobilized and headed to the field. The team arrived at the scene of the accident at 10:12 am.

The injured person was initially diagnosed with injuries in the chest area and right shoulder, as well as an open fracture on the left shinbone. After the given first aid, he was completely immobilized and transported by off-road vehicle to the village of Kosel. At 11:00 an ambulance transferred him to an appropriate health facility for further treatment.

This is the seventh intervention of the Ohrid Red Cross Mountain Rescue Service since the beginning of the year, which despite the CORONA crisis, statistically achieved a record number of interventions as of July.

The Mountain Rescue Service once again appeals to all mountain lovers and those who perform certain economic activities on the mountain, to be more careful, to be prepared for basic action in emergencies, to be properly equipped for the activity and conditions on the terrain, as well as in time to call for help in case of an accident on the MRS duty number 13112 or to other services: Sector for Internal Affairs – Ohrid 192, Ambulance 194 or Crisis Management Center 195.

We wish the injured person a speedy recovery.

Sixth MRS intervention since the beginning of the year

At 9:00 am, the Operational Center of the Mountain Rescue Service received a call from a citizen about an accident that happened to his friend during a fall on rocky terrain, while they were collecting forest fruits. To locate the scene of the accident, the SMS location system was used, which was established within the project “Ohrid Lake Region – Safe Destination for Adventure Tourism”, funded by the European Union, cross-border cooperation program MK-AL. Immediately after locating the crash site, two MRS teams headed to the scene and arrived at 10:35 am. The injured person was immediately given first aid, heavy bleeding was stopped and immobilization of the whole body was performed, after which a complex procedure for transport and evacuation of the injured person started. Due to the inaccessibility of the terrain, the carried out action for evacuation of the injured person was one of the more complex actions including 7 rescuers and appropriate equipment for rescue on a delicate terrain. At 13:50, after 3 hours and 15 minutes, the injured person was evacuated and handed to the Emergency Medical Service. He was provided with professional medical care on the spot, after which he was transferred to an appropriate health institution for further treatment.

With this sixth in a row intervention, we are approaching a record average of one intervention per month, which once again indicates the need for an efficient rescue system on a mountain and inaccessible terrain, especially in the regions where various forms of adventure tourism are developed.

We take this opportunity to once again express our gratitude for the sacrifice of the volunteers from the Mountain Rescue Service at the Red Cross Ohrid, as well as the members of the MoI Ohrid and the Emergency Medical Service, who are always maximally committed to helping the Mountain Rescue Service.

We wish the injured person a speedy recovery, and once again we appeal to all lovers of the mountain and nature, who move in the border region around Lake Ohrid, to bring with them appropriate equipment, first aid, and mobile phones with a fully charged battery, on which they will previously install the application for quick alert of MRS or will memorize the special number for SOS calls 13-112, on which 24 hours, 7 days a week can turn for help.

Intervention for rescuing an injured person in a car accident

Today, at 11:45 am, the operational center of the Ohrid Red Cross Mountain Rescue Service received a call from the Emergency Medical Service at the Ohrid Health Center, for assistance in retrieving an injured person, who fell out of the regional road Ohrid – Resen, near the village of Svinjishta. The MRS Operations Center immediately mobilized two teams, completely equipped for rescuing on a complex technical field. They arrived at the scene at 12:15, and immediately started pulling out the injured. Fortunately, he was conscious, but with severe limb injuries. Members of the Territorial Firefighting Unit from Ohrid arrived before at the scene of the accident and were the first to approach the injured and assisted in the rescue operation.

This intervention is the fifth in a row since the beginning of this year, which once again confirms the need for an efficient system for rescuing on a mountain and on inaccessible terrain, which is necessary for the most delicate operations to save human lives.

Ohrid Red Cross MRS congratulates and expresses its gratitude to all its members/volunteers for their sacrifice in this, as well as in past actions, especially those carried out in the period from the beginning of the corona virus pandemic when despite all other dangers, personal security is further compromised. We would also like to express our special gratitude to the members of Territorial Firefighting Unit Ohrid who gave their best to help our Service. We believe that ours and their motto is “Together we are stronger.”

We wish the injured in this serious traffic accident good health and a speedy recovery.

Mountain Rescue Service intervention

At 12:15 pm today, the Mountain Rescue Service received a call from a group Off-Road drivers, who asked help for a member of the group that had an accident and sustained serious injuries to his left thigh. We’ve located the place of the accident by GPS coordinates, after which a three-man crew from the MRS was mobilized, and was immediately sent to the place. After 30 minutes of off-road driving, the group was located. Despite the bad terrain conditions, the injured man was completely immobilized and transported safely to the Special Hospital for Orthopedics and Traumatology “St. Erasmus”- Ohrid, for further treatment. The action ended at 14:30 pm with the team’s safe return to the Mountain Rescue Service center.

Due to the emergency caused by the Corona virus pandemic, the MRS team applied additional safeguards during the intervention. We take this opportunity to once again appeal to all mountain lovers to refrain from adventures and to stay home, protecting their health and the health of other Services that operate in emergencies. In order not to be repeated, please see the following link of our appeal that was published on March 25, 2020.

The Mountain Rescue Service is always ready to help in case of an accident, but in these difficult times for humanity, we urge you TO STAY HOME, which will help us.

Hoping for a speedy overcoming of the crisis and joint mountain friendships,

Sincerely yours,

Ohrid Red Cross Mountain Rescue Service

Mountain Rescue Service intervention on the Baba pass, mount Galicica

The Mountain Rescue Service, in the evening hours, was pulling out a car stuck on the Baba pass on Mount Galicica. Performing regular training activities and check-ups of the terrain and mountain conditions, tonight the Mountain Rescue Service team found a car stuck with two passengers at the Baba pass and assisted in pulling it out of the snow with an off-road vehicle. This pass of the road R-2332, through the mountain Galicica, is completely blocked off the snow. The MRS appeals to mountain lovers and winter adventurers to be extremely careful on this road, which currently has heavy snowfalls, frozen ground, and landslides, jeopardizing the safety of road users. We also remind you that the same road is restricted in winter, with only 9 km of traffic allowed, from Trpejca to Korita picnic area, while the rest is closed to traffic.

Ohrid Red Cross Mountain Rescue Service intervention

At 13:46 pm today, the Mountain Rescue Service received a notification from the Ministry of Interior Ohrid about an accident on rocky and inaccessible terrain in the “Labino” area. A team of six mountain rescuers arrived at the scene immediately, but unfortunately due to the severity of the fall and the seriousness of the injuries, it was impossible to do anything to save the life of the injured person. After falling from a high altitude, the victim’s body was found near the lakeside shore, where, with the support of a border police boat, the death was confirmed by an Emergency medical team, after which an appropriate inspection was conducted to determine the causes of the fall. The Ohrid Red Cross Mountain Rescue Service regrets the unfortunate event and appeals to all nature lovers to be especially careful when moving on rocky and steep terrain, where low temperatures lead to ice and danger of slipping, with potential for serious consequences.

The first rescue intervention for the Mountain Rescue Service in 2020

On 13th of December, 2020 at 13:50, Red Cross Ohrid Mountain Rescue Service received a call for assistance by SVR Ohrid, for the evacuation of an injured person in an accident caused by a tractor on inaccessible mountain terrain. A four-man team immediately headed to the village of St. Openica, Ohrid, where they assisted the Emergency Medical Team in successful evacuation, immobilization, and transport of the injured person in the terrain vehicle, who sustained severe body injuries and was transported to the Special Orthopedics and Traumatology Hospital “St. Erasmus of Ohrid” for further treatment. The action ended at 14:59.