By Tamsin Brown • 27 January 2022 • 11:17
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A hiker out walking in Granada had to be rescued by the Guardia Civil after she was attacked by an aggressive cow and fell off a ravine.
Specialists from the mountain service of the Guardia Civil rescued a hiker who fell around 40 metres off a ravine after she was attacked by a cow in Capileira (Granada). The victim was a 52-year-old woman from Almería.
According to sources from the Guardia Civil, officers from the Special Mountain Rescue and Intervention Service (Sereim) rescued the victim, who suffered cranioencephalic trauma, with open wounds and multiple polytraumas, especially in the area of the thorax.
The incident occurred on Sunday, January 23, when the victim was out hiking in a zone near the Poqueira Refuge, in Capileira. The police were alerted at around 4:20 p.m. that a woman had fallen approximately 40 metres after being “charged by a cow that was loose in the area where she was walking at the time”.
The specialists arrived on the scene immediately, but the intense fog in the area made the rescue impossible by helicopter. The rescuers had to carry out the operation on foot, and it was complicated due to the rough terrain.
The four officers from the Guardia Civil had to descend around 500 metres to reach the victim. When they reached her, she was conscious and they were able to carry her back to the main path. They then put her on a stretcher and carried her to the official vehicle, where a medical team was waiting for her in an all-terrain vehicle, as it was not possible to arrive in any other way.
Finally, at around 9:15 p.m., they reached the ambulance, and the victim was put into the care of the health services and taken to hospital.
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Originally from London, Tamsin is based in Malaga and is a local reporter for the Euro Weekly News covering Spanish and international news.
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