Krasnodar, 29 May – Yug Times. Aleksandr Nesterov, Head of the Kuban-SPAS Early Response Department, discourses about the reverse side of tourism and everyday absurdities.
In summer, the workload of an emergency rescue team grows by four times – from ten assignments a day in other seasons up to forty. The scope of the works is wide: from catching snakes to rescuing people from inundated areas.
Q.: A new resort season is about to begin in the Kuban region. Some holidaymakers will be going to the seaside, while others will be setting for the mountains. What are the most frequent causes of emergency situations?
A.: The most important factor is overestimating of one’s abilities, lack of information about the destination, and irrelevant outfit and equipment. Our weather often brings surprises, so people must be prepared to them. Say, now a cyclone is approaching – so, our teams are on duty today as well. Inundations have begun in Mostovskoi rayon. Just imagine – you came to a shallow brook but saw a rapid mountain river instead. I advise that in this case you should soberly assess the situation, and if you see the water rising up in the river, abstain from putting up a tent to stay there for a night. Find a higher spot, make sure that nothing would fall on you from above and that the water would not visit you. It’s only assessment and personal experience that may help.
Q.: What are the most typical dangers for the tourists in the mountains and at the seaside? Has the situation changed of late?
A.: The greatest enemy of a seaside vacationer is alcohol. While a person is in inadequate state, they are courageous and think that they can harness any peak. For the sake of a selfie, they may climb a coastal mountain – but once they acknowledge that they are hanging somewhere 30 m above the solid ground and can neither climb further up nor go down.
Q.: In which renowned rescue operations did Kuban-SPAS take part?
A.: Of course, first of all it was the flood in the city of Krymsk. In June 2012, a horrible stream inundated the sleeping city and its outskirts, taking away people’s lives. The Kuban-SPAS rescuers were the first ones to arrive at the city. They evacuated over 400 people. We worked there around the clock. There were a great number of volunteers coming from all parts of the country. Food and clothes were also being brought from throughout Russia.
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