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Three Argentinian mountaineers, including a mayor of La Pampa, are missing in Chile's Cordillera

2023-12-03T21:46:06.965Z

Highlights: Three Argentinian mountaineers, including a mayor of La Pampa, are missing in Chile's Cordillera. They are Raúl Espir, community chief of General San Martín, Sergio Berardo and Ignacio Lucero, an experienced mountain guide from Mendoza. They were trying to climb Mount Marmolejo. The vice president-elect, Victoria Villarruel, asked Chilean President Gabriel Boric for collaboration to "arbitrate the means" necessary to "rescue our compatriots"


They are Raúl Espir, community chief of General San Martín, Sergio Berardo and Ignacio Lucero, an experienced mountain guide from Mendoza.They were trying to climb Mount Marmolejo.The message from Victoria Villarruel, vice president-elect, to Gabriel Boric.


Three Argentinian mountaineers, including the mayor of a city in La Pampa, are missing in the Andes Mountains, on the Chilean side, after climbing a mountain in Tunuyán, Mendoza. In the midst of the work to locate them, the vice president-elect, Victoria Villarruel, asked Chilean President Gabriel Boric for collaboration to "arbitrate the means" necessary to "rescue our compatriots."

The group consisted of six members. The three missing people are Raúl Espir, mayor of the Pampas town of General San Martín for Juntos por el Cambio; Sergio Berardo, a notary of the same origin; and Ignacio Javier Lucero, from Mendoza.

At least Espir and Lucero already had experience in mountaineering, although the Mendoza native – an official mountain guide – is the one with the most experience: he has 30 years in the sector and made 46 ascents of Aconcagua.

Among its landmarks are, according to its website, Denali (Alaska), at 6,190 meters above sea level; an expedition to Manaslu (Nepal), at 8,162 meters above sea level; and Mont Blanc, the highest peak in the European Union at 4805.59 meters above sea level. Although his story of self-improvement stands out more, after suffering a heart attack in Nepal in 2011.

Raúl Espir, the mayor of La Pampa who is missing on a mountaineering expedition. Photo: Facebook

The expedition began on 22 December. His goal was the summit of Mount Marmolejo, a 6,108-meter-high volcano. The route chosen was the usual one, on the Chilean side. The date set to complete the route before starting the descent was last Thursday. On Wednesday, however, all signs of the group were lost, according to the newspaper La Arena.

At least two climbers managed to get down from the mountain, on Tuesday, due to the adversity of the weather conditions to complete the climb. The loss of signal occurred in a crack, the newspaper Jornada added.

Ignacio Lucero, a mountaineer who has been missing since Wednesday. Photo: Delfo Rodríguez, archive

"I ask President Gabriel Boric and Defense Minister Maya Fernández to arbitrate the means to rescue our compatriots. The GPS indicates their position but the weather conditions have not allowed them to be rescued by private means," Villarruel, vice president-elect, said in a message on Twitter.

He added that both Victoria Huala, senator of La Pampa, and Diana Mondino, future foreign minister, are making arrangements for the three climbers to be rescued by the Chilean Air Force.

The Municipality of General San Martín explained that they have already communicated with the Chilean authorities to provide them with a high-flying helicopter for the rescue operation, La Arena said.

The specialized site Cumbre Mountain Magazine pointed out that the Special Police Operations Group of the Carabineros de Chile is in charge of the operation. They are already flying over the area in a helicopter. They would even have located a camp from the air, so they launched an expedition on foot. It is stipulated that it will take about two days to reach the place.

DS

Source: clarin

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