IT WAS a busy day on Monday for firefighters of the Provincial Consortium of Alicante as they completed two rescue operations and rescued four people in total – two hikers from Madrid on the Rock of Ifach, Calpe and another two hikers from Madrid in the mountain range of Bernia.
The first rescue operation began at about 1.00pm, when a man and woman found themselves in a sticky situation at the Penon de Ifach. The 22-year-old man had suffered a blow to the head and was hanging on a rope.
The consortium dispatched the ‘Alfa 1’ helicopter of the Consorcio de Bomberos along with a truck.
Once on the rock, the crew found that, due to the difficulty of the terrain, it was not possible to rescue the couple by air and thus took steps to move the man to an area accessible to the helicopter.
The helicopter then took the couple to the base of the rock where they were met by a Red Cross ambulance and taken to a health centre.
Just as the rescue operation on the Rock of Ifach was reported completed at about 3.45pm, the crew were called to rescue another couple who were lost in the skirt of the Sierra de Bernia, at the height of Casas de Bernia, Benissa.
The helicopter quickly swooped across to Benissa and took the couple, who had lost their bearings, to safety, before heading back to base at 4.15pm.