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Helicopter pulls off insane move to rescue stranded skier

Watch Helicopter pilot puts rotor within inches of a mountain to rescue skier in the Alps Image courtesy of YouTube Nicolas Derely on Facebookby Alex Hollings · 4 hours ago
Deanna Wagner | 11 January, 2019, 18:45

Using what the BBC calls a "dramatic" helicopter maneuver, rescuers descended on a mountain in the French Alps last week to rescue an injured skier, and the video is indeed "heart-stopping".

The man, named as Bruno, had become exhausted and suffered an agonising fall.

The rescue was carried out by the Peloton de Gendarmerie de Haute Montagne (PGHM), a specialised unit of the French National Gendarmerie tasked with aiding victims in mountain ranges.

The skiers encountered trouble this week 7,200 feet above seal level, in the Pass of Anterne as snow conditions worsened.

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The pilot managed to plant the aircraft's right landing skid into the snowy incline to allow three members of the rescue team to disembark and treat the injured man.

The crew was able to land, rescue the skier and hoist the skier to safety. The pilot put the nose and rotor blades of the chopper within inches of the snow, on a declining section of the mountain.

The medics fitted a brace to Bruno's leg and he was whisked away to a nearby hospital.