It is a misadventure that could have ended badly and which invites all mushroom pickers to be cautious.
On Thursday October 6, a 76-year-old man who went with his wife to pick porcini mushrooms and porcini mushrooms at the Saraillé pass, above Biert, got lost in the forest, probably too focused on a good picking to pay attention to his displacements. Returned without difficulty to the car, but alone, it was his wife who alerted the high mountain gendarmerie platoon (PGHM) around 8 p.m.
Alerted in turn, the Saint-Girons gendarmerie company immediately dispatched its men to the scene, as well as a canine team. The search lasted all night before the unfortunate picker was finally found Friday morning at 9:20 a.m., nearly 3 km as the crow flies from where his vehicle was parked, in good shape despite a slight hypothermia. Cautious despite everything, he had stayed there after realizing he was lost, before leaving in the morning.
At the height of the mushroom season and a few days after a similar incident in Aston, near Ax-les-Thermes, a few days ago, the PGHM wishes to remind all those who go into the forest of some elementary rules of caution, particularly in mountainous areas. In this season when the days are getting shorter and the cold gets sharp at night, it is imperative not to set out alone, to have something to cover yourself with, a lamp to give signals and a mobile phone with a charged battery. Something to snack on and something to make a fire can usefully complete this basic equipment.
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