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Principles for Life Support and Waiting for Rescue

Guideline for surviving a mountain climbing accident

Guideline for surviving a mountain climbing accident

Guideline for surviving a mountain climbing accident

Remain calm

Carefully think about your strategy and procedures to prevent mistakes and avoid secondary mountain accidents.

* Secondary mountain accident refers to accidents that occur while seeking help or conducting rescue operations after a mountain accident has taken place.

Stay dry and avoid wind and snow

Protect your safety, keep your body warm to prevent hypothermia; retain strength to prevent your injury or illness from worsening.

Team members should stay together

Unleash team spirit to help each other, lift morale, coordinate, and allocate work.

Inventory your resources, do not discard your gear, food, and drinks

Make good use of all resources through centralized management. Use resources systematically.

Seek help or wait for help

Depending on the circumstances, look for help or stay put and wait for help to arrive.

Seek help 

Seek help 

It is preferable to descend the mountain as a group of 2 persons while taking into consideration safety and speed. Alternatively, the entire team should descend the mountain in an organized manner. 

When seeking help, make sure to provide accurate information such as the name of your team, patient status, coordinates, contact number, and communication method, etc. so that the first responders will have a firm grasp of the situation.

Staying put and waiting for help

Staying put and waiting for help

To prevent the patient from deteriorating, help signs should be created and distress signals should be sent. 

Distress call basics

Distress call methods

  1. Use a radio (SOS channel: 148.74MHZ) or cell phone (dial 112) to call for help is the most convenient and quickest way. 
  2. Descend the mountain as 2-person groups (leave signs along the way)
  3. Stay put or leave a distress signal. 

Report the accident and form an emergency rescue center

Report the accident and form an emergency rescue center

Report the accident and form an emergency rescue center

  1. Report the accident to the local police or fire authorities and ask for help.
  2. Report the accident to your mountaineering club and seek help.
  3. Report the accident to mountain rescue associations and seek help.
  4. Report the accident to the National Parks Police or park rangers and call for help.
  5. When helicopter support is needed, the fire department will notify the Executive Yuan's National Rescue Command Center for support.
  6. The rescue center will coordinate with nearby medical staff and military personnel to provide the necessary assistance. 
     

Distress signal

  1. Leave signs, marks, or notes along the way for anyone to see for the search and rescue team to track. 
  2. Create a conspicuous SOS sign or "x", an international distress signal, in an open field. 
  3. Use sounds (whistling, calling, knocking), lights (flashlight, mirror, reflection, fireworks), smoke, flags, hand gestures, or flares to send a distress signal.