Speleologist wounded in a cave in Comerio: rescued by the Alpini

* Translated by Sara Pasino

COMERIO – On August 7 a 35-year-old speleologist was injured in the Remeron cave in Comerio. The Rescue team of the Alpini, the Italian Army’s specialist mountain infantry, quickly helped him.  The man was hit by the stone falling as he was at 100 meters underground. It was one of the other speleologists on the excursion to call for help. 

Hit by a stone

The Alpini Rescue Team of Varese intervened on the spot. The alarm went off shortly after 1 pm on Sunday, August 7, and the rescue operation lasted several hours. Around 20 mountain rescue technicians of the Cnsas – the National Alpine and Speleological Rescue Corps – were working on the spot. Some arrived from outside of the region, mainly from Piedmont, Veneto, Liguria, Trentino, Valle d’Aosta and Tuscany. The man was brought into the ER with a yellow code, but he is not in danger of life.

Intervention concluded

The rescue operation ended late on Sunday evening, just before11.30 pm. The victim was joined by a doctor from Cnsas who checked his conditions and then moved him without using the stretcher. The man was then accompanied towards the exit, always monitored by the CNSAS technicians. In the vertical and more complex sections, a counterweight system has also been set up, to avoid physical effort and fatigue.

Comerio speleologist wounded cave rescue – MALPENSA24