Mongolian air force rescues five Israeli hikers stranded on mountain top
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Mongolian air force rescues five Israeli hikers stranded on mountain top

Helicopter flies 1,500 kilometers to locate trekkers after they activate satellite distress beacon

Stuart Winer is a breaking news editor at The Times of Israel.

View of Tavan Bogd region in Mongolia. (CC-BY: Wikimedia/Kobsev)
View of Tavan Bogd region in Mongolia. (CC-BY: Wikimedia/Kobsev)

The Mongolian air force rescued five Israeli hikers from a remote Mongolian mountain range, a day after they became trapped in adverse weather conditions.

The four men and a woman, all in their 20s, were picked up by a helicopter that reached them after they had activated a satellite distress beacon, Hebrew media reported.

In response to the signal, the Harel insurance company arranged for a local rescue team to find the backpackers who were caught in the snowy Tavan-Bogd region of western Mongolia. Due to the poor weather conditions it was decided to send a helicopter.

The Israeli consulate in Beijing coordinated with the air force and a helicopter set off Wednesday morning on a 1,500 kilometer (930 mile) ten-hour flight that involved two refueling stops.

A doctor who was with the rescue team said they were all in good health. The hikers’ families have been informed of their safety.

Video of their rescue was shared on social media:

On Tuesday two Israelis hikers were rescued by helicopter after they were trapped on the Astraka peak of Tymfi mountain in Greece.

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