Spectacular video footage of a helicopter rescue in the French Alps by a Gendarmerie EC145 recently went viral on the internet. In an exclusive interview, editor Dino Carrara spoke to the pilot who performed the incredible manoeuvre that has been viewed around the world

A screen grab showing the helicopter performing the skid support landing on the mountainside. A video of the rescue on January 2 went viral on the internet. Facebook/Nicolas Derely

The dramatic events of January 2 started with a party of six planning to ski the Col d’Anterne near Chamonix in the French Alps. The group was on holiday in Combloux and drove to the ski resort of Plaine Joux intending to hike 3,280ft (1,000m) to the top of the pass on skis with skins (these attach to the bottom of skis to provide grip for going uphill). About 165ft (50m) from the top, one of the party, Bruno Tissier, slipped backwards and shouted in pain; he’d twisted his left leg, dislocating his knee. He was unable to move, so Nicolas Derely, who would later take the incredible footage, took off Bruno’s skis, covered him with his jacket and dialled 15 – France’s medical emergency number.

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