Austrian mountain rescuers deliver high-altitude baby

A team of 15 mountain rescuers accompanied by a gynaecologist had to climb some 2,500 metres (8,200 feet) above sea level to help deliver a baby, police said Wednesday.

AFP| Updated: Aug 13, 2014, 14:29 PM IST

Vienna: A team of 15 mountain rescuers accompanied by a gynaecologist had to climb some 2,500 metres (8,200 feet) above sea level to help deliver a baby, police said Wednesday.

The mother, 30, went into labour in a mountain hut at around 7:00 am on Tuesday but could not be brought down by helicopter due to bad weather in western Austria`s Alps.

"The team managed to bring her down to 2,250 metres where the baby was delivered in a meadow," a police spokesman told AFP. "The weather then cleared and a helicopter was able to take them to hospital."

The mother, 30, went into labour in a mountain hut at around 7:00 am on Tuesday but could not be brought down by helicopter due to bad weather in western Austria`s Alps.

"The team managed to bring her down to 2,250 metres where the baby was delivered in a meadow," a police spokesman told AFP. "The weather then cleared and a helicopter was able to take them to hospital."