Ecuador - Motorcycle Rescue
Thursday, August 11, 2011
ARGO 8x8 Assists in Motorcycle Rider's Rescue
Some time ago, roughly two to three months, I had a conversation with Lieutenant Roberto Andrade of the Firefighting Department of Machala (Ecuador), regarding the 8x8 amphibious vehicle that we have. Our electronic injection ARGO 8x8 has already saved several lives and assisted with numerous recoveries. Among them, people who suffered accidents at cross-country equestrian competitions. No longer than a month and half ago, it saved 4 mountain motorcycle riders who got lost in an area of the Ecuadorian Andes Mountains known as “El Avión” (because of the airplane that crashed there a few years ago) in the District of Tutupali, Parish of Tarqui, Province of Azuay (Ecuador). Although the search and rescue process for the victims was difficult, we were notified at approximately 7:00p.m. and had managed to locate the site of the disaster at 01:00 p.m.. Despite the extreme driving conditions (stone trails, swamps, scrublands, creeks, mud and forests with many obstacles), we were able to reach the bikers at 01:30 p.m., at an altitude of more than 4,000 meters (13,120 feet) above sea level at an approximate temperature of -4°/-2°C (25°/28°F), where we found the bikers suffering from hypothermia and extreme exhaustion. Upon our return to the base camp at roughly 03:00 p.m., the bikers were confirmed to be alive and safe. This type of rescue operation, under the extreme conditions described above, would not have been possible without our ARGO rescue vehicle. Due to the functionality it provides us, we are planning to buy an additional one for our team.
Yours trulyCapitan Felipe Camacho PautaCOMANDER OF COMPANY#5B "ROBERTO LLORET B.".FIREFIGHTING DEPARTMENT OF CUENCA, ECUADOR