Members of the elite British commando squads the SAS (Special Air Service) and SBS (Special Boat Service) conducted a high level rescuse operation at 24,000 feet on Cho Oyu, saving the life of an Italian climber. According to the Times Online article the soliders were preparing for a crack at Everest in the Spring when they came across Roberto Marabotto, who was suffering from AMS, and hadn’t eaten in several days. They then proceeded to take the Italian down to Camp 2 where they fed him and kept him over night before proceeding to Camp 1 the next day.
The SAS/SBS soldiers are making a run at the Seven Summits and this outing was meant to be high altitude training, but turned into high altitude rescue instead. Wish an effort like this one though, are they ever going to fit on Everest? Ok, I’m kidding about that last part. 😉
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