Zabljak – Sylvan Guille (25), advanced university student of technology from Toulouse in France, for a long time will remember the drama which he experienced the night before yesterday in the cliffs of 2.175, high Durmitor peak Crvena greda (RED LARGE ROCK). He will also remember the brave people from Zabljak, Zoran Vojinovic and Vidomir Spanjevic, who in the last moment woke him up from the sleep and took him away from the white death.
After two days spent on Bjelasica, the adventurer from France came to Zabljak and the day before yesterday went into a tour of Crno (BLACK) and after that Zmijinje (SNAKE) Lake.
I was drawn by the marvelous beauty. It seemed to me that I was going through the harmless area, so , with disregard of time, without the mountain gear, from Zmijinje lake I went towards the peak, which seemed to me at hand. Only with the dusk I realized that I found myself in a last hope gone situation. I was high among the rocks with a little bit of small vegetation, and I panicked, my consciousness narrowed. From the empty back pack I took out the tourist informer and called my parents in France. I told them that I was lost, that underneath me is a lake and above me a cliff and I read the phone number of Zoran Vojinovic, a man whose name was found in that prospect – told the young man after a happy return on Zabljak.
His parent immediately called the consulate of France in Belgrade. The employee of the consulate, Ana Trpcevic says that the consul Veronika Mari Jurcevic immediately called Vojinovic, explained him the situation, and after that incessantly kept on the telephone line Sylvan and encouraged him as long as the battery of his cell phone was active.
Vojinovi, the chief of the Hill service of salvation in the Mountain association “Durmitor”, who has behind him dozens of savings in the mountain and the referent for physical culture in the municipality, Vidomir Spanjevic told us that at 23h they got the information from the French consulate in Belgrade that a man is in trouble in Durmitor crags.
– We knew that every moment is precious, because the temperature was 10 degrees below zero. There wasn’t time for alarming of the well coordinated group of saviors, but instead of that with the policeman, Momcilo Lakovic and Stanko Vojinovic, with “niva” we immediately went towards the Stuoc. Besie the half meter of snow, we managed to come up. On the road, according to Sylvan’s descriptions, we talked where he could be. At the restaurant “Momcilov grad” (MOMMCILO’S TOWN) two of us across the Razana glavica (RYE’s HEAD) went towards the Jablan (LOMBARDY POPLAR) Lake and Crvena greda and we were constantly I contact with the policemen who were waiting for us. When we came to Razana glavica, Sylvan answered our first call. In the night without any moon light young men’s voice encouraged us, even though we couldn’t estimate where is he – say Vojinovic and Spanjevic.
The thick forest, night and snow, which has covered the paths and markings have took them an hour away until they finally have found the road over the valley in which Jablan Lake is situated, and until they entered into the rocky part of Crvena greda.
– We got across several wolves, and in the snow beside their footprints there wasn’t anything else, and Sylvan no longer answered. We have thought that we have lost him – two of the saviors say. In the wondering through the cold night, luckily, they have decided to follow the “lesson of the nature” which was used by many generations in the past.
– The plan was that from one position, high up in the cliffs, we go down and look through the forest of the pine “krivulja” from where our call was heard. At that place in the snow there wasn’t any track, beside the track of a fox. We went down her path of “wisdom” and came right to Sylvan. We directed a shaft of rays from a battery and we saw him with his head leaned against some vegetation. Beside him there were his frosted winter boots, wool gloves and socks. He didn’t react on our calls, even though he looked at us. Bare feet, folded in nylon bags, were in his rucksack. Under the trousers he did not have the winter underwear. We gave him a little bit of juice, and after that he gluttonously he ate a mandarin and a little bit of bread with honey. At that moment he started to shake uncontrollably. We have prepared him for the trip, gave him some more food and two tablets. He soon recovered and joyously told us: O.K. we went back much quicker, because we followed our previous tracks. Sylvan was getting his strength back; he walked quicker and quicker to the hospital vehicle which in the mean time came – said Voijinovic and Spanjevic.
Around 5:30 in the morning Sylvan was awaited in the Zabljak hospital by the medics and they have preventively kept him for several hours. Yesterday around noon the young man from Toulouse met his saviors and press. During the day a thank you note came from the French embassy.