In the land phase, which was carried out in the Dumanlı Dağ location of the Menemen district of İzmir, 6 mountaineers who were lost as per the scenario were rescued.
The actual part of the Anatolian Star 2021 Joint Search and Rescue Exercise ended with the completion of the land phase. 1 search and rescue helicopter from the Land Forces, 1 search and rescue helicopter and plane from the Air Force, 1 Gendarmerie Special Search and Rescue Mountaineering Team and 1 helicopter from the Gendarmerie General Command took part in the phase held in İzmir Menemen Dumanlı Mountain. According to the scenario, the gendarmerie’s hotline was informed that 6 mountaineers were lost in the Dumanlı Mountain location, the group split into two and they could not reach each other.
Upon the notification, a land search and rescue operation was launched by the Menemen District Gendarmerie Command. The approximate coordinates of the mountaineers were determined with the Emergency Positioning System. Due to the mountainous nature of the region, 1 gendarmerie search and rescue helicopter and the Gendarmerie Special Search and Rescue Mountaineering Team were assigned.
Reaching the campsite, the teams determined that the mountaineers were not here. Thereupon, a request was made for help from the Air Search and Rescue Coordination Center. The search and rescue operation was initiated in coordination with the Land Forces Command Search and Rescue Coordination Center.
Mountaineering team reached 2 injured survivors. The mountaineers, who were brought to a more suitable area by the overhead line, were evacuated by helicopter. 4 mountaineers in places where it is not possible to reach the hospital by land were taken to the hospital by helicopter.
Speaking after the execution of the scenario activities, the Chief of Staff of the Aegean Army, Brigadier General Selçuk Yavuz, used the following statements:
“The exercise, in which the search and rescue elements of the Turkish Armed Forces and the Ministry of Interior participated, and the international satellite-assisted search and rescue system was used, has been successfully carried out. In order to win the race against time, the search and rescue elements of the Turkish Armed Forces, thanks to their advanced capabilities and systems, will be able to operate in the Turkish search and rescue region and in every need. It is always ready and ready to meet search and rescue needs on the ground, at sea and on land, in harsh weather conditions, day and night, 24/7.
The first part of the Anatolian Star 2021 Joint Search and Rescue Exercise, in which search and rescue elements from the Land, Naval and Air Forces, Gendarmerie and Coast Guard Commands participated, was carried out yesterday, in the international waters and airspace of the Aegean Sea.
15 foreign observers from 9 countries followed the exercise.
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