Stranded climbers rescued by police copter in Beijing

14:50, April 04, 2011      

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Beijing police on Monday succeeded in using a copter to lift two stranded climbers off a suburban mountain.

This was the first time that a helicopter was used in a rescue work in China's capital.

The two climbers were among 39 students from the Beijing Institute of Technology, who got lost during a spring outing activity organized by the school's climbing club to hike Mount Mao'er in Fangshan District, western Beijing, on Monday.

Beijing Bureau of Public Security sent some 300 policemen combing the mountain to search the missing climbers, upon receiving a hotline call Sunday evening.

Rescuers found 37 of the stranded students before dawn.

Police on the rescue copter noticed an alarm using mirror reflective light sent by the remaining two students at 8 a.m. Monday, and dropped the cable to lift them off the mountain.

None of the students were injured in the accident.

Source: Xinhua

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