Five Israelis rescued on a mountain in Mongolia.
(photo credit: HAREL INSURANCE COMPANY)
Five Israelis who were stranded in the snowy, mountainous Tavan-Bogd region of Western Mongolia for four days were rescued yesterday and are on their way back to Israel.
The four men and one woman are all in their twenties. They got stuck on a mountain during a trek in Mongolia and sent out a satellite distress signal on Tuesday.
A helicopter commissioned by the hikers' medical insurance firm, Harel, was flown to the area to evacuate the stranded group.
The rescue helicopter left in the early hours of morning in order to fly 1,500 kilometers to the scene. The flight took 10 hours and required two stops en route to refuel.
The families of the five rescued hikers have been informed of their rescue.