Air Zermatt's teamwork is tested when a skier falls into the darkness of a 30-meter-deep glacial crevasse; the team must pull him out from the depths before the ice shifts and encases him in a frozen tomb.
The Matterhorn and its surrounding mountains can be treacherous, especially during winter, but for Air Zermatt it's home. As rescue veterans, they’ve had to learn how to put their emotions aside and get the job done.
During a rescue, lead pilot Sam senses something wrong with the helicopter and must decide whether to land or forge onward. Then, a life-or-death situation in the Air Zermatt hangar tests the skill of a team of rescue medics.
During the peak winter season, adrenaline seekers from around the world descend upon the Swiss Valais Alps. This creates a relentless cycle for the rescue crews of Air Zermatt as they field up to 25 rescues a day, often without any breaks.
Over the past several decades, Air Zermatt has revolutionised mountain rescue. Technology has come a long way since the original Lama helicopter, and Air Zermatt has long been at the forefront of making rescues safer and more efficient.
The only thing powerful enough to bring the Air Zermatt team to their knees is the weather. When a major storm hits, Gerold is forced to shut down operations, and an isolated hiker must find a way to make the most out of a dire situation.
William Brian Sides
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