French Alps rescue: Helicopter pilot's unbelievable mountainside manoeuvre saves stricken skier

French Alps rescue: Helicopter pilot's unbelievable mountainside manoeuvre saves stricken skier

A dramatic helicopter rescue of an injured skier trapped at 2,000 feet on the French Alps has been captured in epic footage that looks like a scene straight from an action movie.

US News reports that on January 2, a young man was skiing with friends in the Pass of Anterne when he apparently dislocated his knee and started having trouble skiing down the mountain.

It shows the helicopter pilot's skillful descent through snow-covered slopes to reach a trapped skier who became stuck after dislocating his knee.

With the helicopter's rotor blades just inches away from smashing into the snow, the skier was winched away to a nearby hospital.

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The Gendarme en Montagne, a specialized French police unit that patrols the French Alps, and one of its helicopters were called in to help.

"It gained us time because the weather in the mountain were extremely changeable", Chamonix Gendarme pilot Lt. Jean-Francois Martin said in a report by The Independent.

The crew was able to land, rescue the skier and hoist the skier to safety.

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