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On April 3, 2015, an emergency medical aid mission for a climber at Aotung Mountain, Nan’ao village, Yilan county.

  • Release Date:2015-04-24
  • Source:National Airborne Service Corps

Airborne Service Helicopters Offer Emergency Medical Aid For A Snake Attacked Climber

A group of 13 climbers enter the mountain via Kulu forest road of Nan’ao village in Yilan county. One of them was carelessly bit by a Trimeresurus Stejnegeri, a kind of viper, at the wrist. They applied for helicopters to offer emergency medical aid. The Airborne Service Corp, MOI, received the emergency task application from the Fire Agency on April 3, 2015. After confirming the relevant information and coordinate position, the Corp immediately notified the equipped crews of Type UH-1H (No. NA-517) from Group 3 (stationed at Hualien) of the 1st Service Battalion to go for rescue. Crews of the task planes arrived at the target area at about 15:05 after being reminded with the task. The helicopter could not land on the ground due to the flourish and high trees in the mountainous area. Crews determined to execute the aloft hanging work. Nevertheless, the unstable airflow and high trees seriously impacted the hanging operation. The aircraft commander found some clearing place and put down two logistics workers through hanging method. They cleared parts of trees and ushered another place for executing the hanging operation. In the end, crews successfully saved the injured climbers by hanging at about 16:05. The helicopter arrived at the Luodong Sports Park at about 16:15 and the ground personnel took over the follow-up rescue of the injured. The mission was completed successfully.