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Friday, February 20, 2009

In the News: Video of Failed Rescue Prompts Investigation

If you follow current events in the realm of Search & Rescue, you may have already heard about the unsuccessful attempt to rescue an Argentine climbing guide from 22,841-foot Aconcagua peak during a blinding snowstorm. Footage of the rescue mission--about three minutes of it--was aired on Argentinian national television and is now circulating on the internet, prompting an investigation by prosecutors. Family of the victim are claiming that the six-member rescue crew allowed the man to die.

Here are several links regarding this story that you may find interesting:

Article from "Footage of Failed Mountain Rescue Prompts Probe"

Watch the actual video on YouTube: "Rescate Federico Campanini Aconcagua Glaciar de los Polacos"

Read a discussion and opinions about this incident on's forum.

And here's a very informative blog post by SAR volunteer Brian Smith on

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