Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan. 9
An operational meeting was held at the Operations Headquarters established by Azerbaijan’s Ministry of Emergency Situations in connection with the search for mountain climbers who went missing in the mountainous area of Azerbaijan’s Guba district, the ministry said in a statement Jan. 9.
Three members of Gilavar Air and Extreme Sports Club - Farida Jabrayilzade, Babur Huseynov and Namin Bunyatzade - moving from Khinalig village of Azerbaijan’s Guba district in the direction of Mount Tufandag went missing Dec. 23.
Deputy minister of emergency situations, Lieutenant General Faig Tagizade, Deputy Minister of Ecology and Natural Resources Firdovsi Aliyev, head of Operations Headquarters, heads of agencies involved in the search and rescue operations, professional mountaineers, and Austrian experts took part in the operational meeting.
The work carried out so far to find the mountaineers was analyzed and the tasks for the coming days were reviewed at the meeting. It was noted that on Dec. 27, 2017, the Ministry of Emergency Situations started search and rescue operations. It was also noted that an Mi-17 helicopter of the Azerbaijani Ministry of Emergency Situations, a rescue team of the Northern Regional Center, a team of the Special Rescue Service of the Ministry of Emergency Situations, and a group of volunteers consisting of professional mountaineers were involved in the search operations.
At the same time, a team from Austria's Interior Ministry, who were in Azerbaijan on Jan. 5, 2018, visited the Guba district. Foreign experts reviewed areas where the mountain climbers could be more likely found, and came to conclusion that carrying out search in those areas is dangerous for life.
Also, upcoming tasks were discussed and relevant recommendations were given at the meeting.