Footage has emerged of an unbelievable helicopter rescue that took place in the French Alps on 2 January.
The rescue took place on Col d’Anterne near Chamonix after a skier dislocated his knee and was able to call for an evac from a mobile phone.
The video, posted by Nicolas Derely on Facebook, shows the Chamonix Gendarmerie pilot, Lt Jean-Francois Martin, ‘park’ his chopper up against the slope with the rotors whirling
In a BBC video about the incedent, Martin said that the rescue team chose to perform the manoeuvre, known as a “skate support”, because of the weather conditions during the incident.
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“It gained us some time because the weather conditions in the mountains were extremely changeable,” Martin said. “The level of cloud on the pass would have stopped us intervening just a few minutes later.”
Featured image: Nicolas Derely/Screenshot from video