In the Northern Velebit National Park, two lost mountaineers found themselves surrounded by natural springs as night fell while attempting a circular tour through the strict nature reserve of Hajdučki and Rožanski kukovi. The HGSS from Gospić quickly sprang into action, utilizing detailed information provided by the stranded climbers to organize a rescue operation.
With eight rescuers equipped with all-terrain vehicles and necessary gear for transport or overnight stay, the team set out on the challenging mission. They reached Zavižan in under two hours and continued towards Rosi’s shelter, where they spotted a light signal from the missing mountaineers. Navigating through nearly impossible terrain, they located the stranded climbers around 9 p.m., beginning their journey back towards safer paths.
The HGSS emphasizes the importance of timely response and the skills and knowledge possessed by mountain rescuers in saving lives in difficult situations. The 10-hour rescue mission concluded at 3 a.m., with the rescuers safely returning to base with their charges in tow.