Emergency services say that a man had to be flown to safety after feeling very unwell while climbing the peak of Teide yesterday. A search and rescue helicopter was dispatched to the scene and crew transferred the man to a health centre where he is said not to be in danger.  The National Park’s Guardas Rurales have released the video below of the GES helicopter airlifting the man to safety.

With a busy season upon us, and with visitors understandably wanting the magical experience of going from a hot sunny beach to (ideally) a snow-covered mountain within an hour or so’s drive, it’s worth reiterating that Teide is a staggering 3,718m high, making it the highest point in Spain and the third highest volcano in the world. The caldera, and indeed the national park generally, has an average altitude of over 2,000m with the lower Teleférico station itself at 2,356m. Atmospheric changes start at an altitude of around 2,500m, and can cause altitude sickness, and in particular problems for those with heart and lung conditions – they can actually begin to suffer repercussions at lower altitudes. The official advice for anyone with such vulnerabilities is not to go above the level of the caldera, let alone go up in the cable car, or try to ascend the peak of Teide itself.

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source https://www.janetanscombe.com/news/teide-climber-airlifted-to-safety-after-feeling-unwell-at-altitude.html

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