Posted On 07 Jul 2017
Two German tourists who got lost last Tuesday in the Imbabura volcano were located by firefighters of the city of Ibarra.
A group of rescuers ascended the mountain at 8:05 pm Wednesday. They took hydration equipment, food and overcoats to support other firefighters who worked on the search of the foreigners.
Hannah Schober (19) along with her friend Lynn Isken (20) had topped the volcano on Tuesday at approximately 13:30, but when they tried to descend they lost track, so they decided to spend the night there.
The young women reportedly maintained contact with the rescue units, but could not provide further information on their location, said Fausto Vaca of the Fire Department.
Their phone calls determined they could be in the sector known as the Cubilche, Vaca said.
Carlos Cadena, the coordinator of ECU-911 Ibarra, explained that the girls were located at about 4,000 meters high. Helicopters of the Police were used for the search.
According to the official, the tourists could not descend by themselves because they were dehydrated and showed symptoms of hypothermia, although they remained stable. A firefighter was injured.
At press time, the young women could not be removed from the site. Rescuers with the young women and the wounded firefighter were expected to descend some stretches to be rescued. (I)