VIDEO: Missing teenager found in Barranco del Infierno suffering from hypothermia
Emergency Rescue teams have found a missing 16-year-old teenager with hypothermia, cuts, and a leg injury in the Barranco del Infierno in the south of Tenerife, after he had been stranded there overnight in the freezing cold and rain brought on by the storm over the Canary Islands.
The Emergency Services Coordination Centre (CECOES) has reported that they received an alert early this morning (Monday) informing that a teenage boy, who had gone hiking yesterday afternoon, had not returned home, so they immediately activated the necessary emergency resources.
The Special Mountain Intervention Rescue Group (GREIM), a Guardia Civil and a GES helicopter, Adeje Firefighters, Adeje Local Police, and a SUC ambulance were all deployed to the area for the search which was started by drone.
Eventually, it was the GES helicopter that spotted and located the teenager, who was in an area difficult to access by land, and they airlifted him from the ravine and took him to the Adeje Fire Brigade helipad where paramedics were waiting to treat him.
Helicóptero del #GES rescata a un menor herido en una zona de difícil acceso en Adeje #TENERIFE. Intervinieron @guardiacivil @BomberosTf @PoliciaAdeje y Guardas Rurales.https://t.co/c29cR5ub4h pic.twitter.com/XEvBdFVitA— 1-1-2 Canarias (@112canarias) April 4, 2022
After assessing him and treating him for hypothermia, cuts sustained after a fall, and injuries to one leg, he was taken by ambulance to the Emergency Department of the south Hospital, where he is expected to make a full recovery.
An investigation is underway to find out how he could be left out there overnight as walkers are supposed to register before doing the official trail of the Barranco del Infierno, if he followed that path, and also why he was only reported missing today.
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