Israeli hikers rescued from blizzard on Russian-Mongolian border

June 21, 2016 21:30

Two Israeli trekkers were rescued Tuesday after being trapped – along with two Russian hikers – in a blizzard high in the mountains on the Russian-Mongolian border.

According to Foreign Ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nachshon, the hikers were on a trail 2,200 meters high leading to the Shumack Mineral Springs when the blizzard hit. He said that the temperature before nightfall was 10 degrees, it was snowing and raining, all of their provisions were wet, and their one small tank of gas for a propane burner was running low.

The trekkers sent out a distress signal on their satellite phone, which was picked up by Magnus, a company that provides evacuation services to Israeli abroad. They were evacuated by local rescue teams.

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