Stranded in waist-deep snow. One of them walked half a day to ask for help. Video
As they have done every week, a group of teachers started on Monday 29 at dawn from Humahuaca towards Santa Ana, where they teach at a rural school.
But a surprise strong snow storm trapped them between the mountains and the cold of the Puna.
The snow was waist deep.
The teachers had no water, food or enough shelter. With no possibility to ask for help and totally isolated, four teachers began walking to Santa Ana to ask for help. However, they could not withstand the snowstorm and cold and three of them returned to the van.
The fourth, a physical education teacher, managed to get to town and ask for help. He came completely frozen,” said Sergio Gutierrez, of the program “Good Morning” on Radio LW8. He left on Monday at noon and arrived at 21.
The teachers were finally rescued on Tuesday at 14.30. With symptoms of hypothermia they were taken to Santa Ana and the next day (Wednesday) could finally return to their homes in Humahuaca.
Humahuaca is situated in the northern part of Argentina, close to the Bolivian border.
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