EUR3,400 Rescue Bill for Mont Blanc MountaineersFour mountaineers billed for non-critical rescue
Due to fatigue two French and two Spanish mountaineers called for a high altitude rescue on the Mont Blanc which cost them €3400.
The four climbers were on the Dames Anglaises, at an altitude of 3500 metres, when they decided to call for rescue.
They had planned to climb the Dames Anglaises (3810 m) and the Blanche de Peuterey (4112 m) and then finally the Mont Blanc.
However this demanding route proved too much for them and they resolved that they could neither advance in the ascension nor descend back down.
A helicopter was issued to rescue the four men, and they were asked to pay € 850 each for a rescue mission that was non life-threatening.
In France rescues are carried out free of charge, however in Italy if a victim calls for rescue in a non-serious situation the cost of the rescue operation could be passed on.