Spain: Couple who ‘fled’ coronavirus rescued from snowy mountains near Madrid

The Spanish Civil Guard published a video on Tuesday showing the rescue of a couple who left their home in Madrid to “flee” from the coronavirus, despite the state of emergency decreed by the government, and were found in the snowy mountains surrounding the Spanish capital. Footage shows the rescue operation that took place on Monday morning at around 10:30 am (09:30 GMT). The couple, a 43-year... Еще-old Peruvian man and a 32-year-old Russian woman, were found in a shelter made of tree branches, without appropriate clothing or footwear. Both showed signs of hypothermia, and after the agents gave them dry clothes, were transferred to the Madrid town of Cercedilla, from where they travelled back to Madrid by train. The operation was launched after authorities received a call from the man, who said his partner was unable to walk and had become dizzy, so emergency responders in the area were activated. The couple reportedly went to the mountains on Saturday with the aim, as they said, of «escaping from what is happening» due to the outbreak of COVID-19, according to police sources. During the rescue operation carried out in the Arroyo Cerrado de Cotos area, Civil Guard agents worked together with members of GERA, Forest Agents from the Community of Madrid, and personnel from the Penalara National Park. The mission was accomplished by agents belonging to the Mountain Rescue and Intervention Service (SEREIM) in Madrid.
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