French Alps Rescue Shows Incredible Helicopter Pilot Skills

Watch Helicopter pilot puts rotor within inches of a mountain to rescue skier in the Alps

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.

Of course, some may argue this stunt placed the helicopter crew and other skiers at unnecessary risk, but with Tauziet now safely recovering from his injuries, it's hard to argue with results.

The rescue was carried out by the Peloton de Gendarmerie de Haute Montagne (PGHM), a specialised unit of the French National Gendarmerie tasked with aiding victims in mountain ranges.

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The video showed an official jumping out of the chopper to assist the injured skier. The pilot put the nose and rotor blades of the chopper within inches of the snow, on a declining section of the mountain. "The level of cloud on the pass would have stopped us from intervening just a few minutes later".

The pilot performed the manoeuvre twice - first so rescuers could attach a leg brace to the injured skier, and then to winch him to safety.

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