Italy 2011



Solidarity with mountaineers in trouble holds together 16 mountain rescue teams, mainly from the Ladin-speaking region of the Dolomites, in the mountain rescue service »Aiut Alpin Dolomites«. The non-profit association runs its own helicopter and is embedded in the province's main emergency hotline.


Besides a doctor and a pilot the daily crew on duty consists  also of a flight rescuer and a winch operator, both working on a voluntary basis. Whereas director of operations Raffael Kostner does the winch operator part every day, the 27-year-old Stefan Romen is on active service two days per season, in wintertime mostly for accidents in skiing areas.

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