18-year-old female Canadian mountaineer rescued from Mount Alpamayo

E ighteen-year-old Canadian Sara Murphy, a mountaineer who was reported missing on October 29th in the Alpamayo mountain range of the Cordillera Blanca, was found live by the rescue corps of the Mountain Guides Association of Peru (AGMP). Murphy was found close to a place called Vientunan on the Cedros route near Mount Alpamayo in the province of Caraz.

The Canadian mountaineer was heading, on her own, towards the base camp of Alpamayo, when she began to suffer from health problems seemingly due to lack of food and water. Thanks to emergency warnings of her relatives and friends, and the coordinates of her location, rescuers of the AGMP headed directly towards the Caraz province where, after hours of search, the team was able to locate the tourist at around 11:30 in the morning. It´s reported that Murphy suffered minor injuries and dehydration although she was immediately stabilised. According to sources of Casa de Guías in Huaraz, the Canadian did not use a professional mountain guide in her attempt to conquer Mount Alpamayo.

It´s the second time this year a tourist gets into trouble on ´the most beautiful mountain of the world´ Alpamayo. Earlier this year in August, two climbers of Spanish nationality suffered some broken bones and were fortunate to be rescued thanks to the use of a satellite phone. In 2014, Italian climbers Enrico Brogli (29) y Mateo Tragliaquili (27) got killed after falling down of a 700 hundred metre wall on Alpamayo. In 2013, Peruvian mountain guide Mesías Milla Villanueva sadly lost his life on the same mountain and was found after four days of intensive search in which some police members resulted injured.

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