Thursday, 4 July 2019

HGSS to Tourists: We've Been Messing with Natural Selection Since 1950

The Croatian Mountain Rescue Service (HGSS) has become very well known over the last couple of years for their amusing, sarcastic social media posts aimed at foreign tourists visiting Croatia who fancy themselves as mountain climbers, hikers and long distance swimmers during the sweltering July and August heat.

While HGSS's reign has mainly been on Facebook and Twitter, with numerous funny, perhaps slightly passive aggressive posts from the team of tireless volunteers who save many a foreign tourists from sticky situations which could have ended horribly each and every year, it seems that they've taken to new extremes when it comes to issuing their comedy-clad warnings.

Taking special aim at their favourite selection of people, those in flip-flops, HGSS has decided to go one step further than social media, and has placed giant billboards along busy main roads to warn would-be bravehearts against being heroes.

As Morski writes on the 3rd of July, 2019, HGSS doesn't just post comical statuses and photos, but saves hundreds of lives per year, particularly during the height of the summer tourist season, and also invests heavily in prevention. What better way to prevent a potentially horrendous accident or death than with enormous billboards and signs placed along the roads used by hundreds of thousands of foreign tourists who have driven to Croatia for their holidays?

"Dear tourists, we have been messing with natural selection since 1950, at least you could play along and take care of yourselves and others," reads the poster, accompanies by an illustration of a well-trained and properly equipped hiker, with the more serious statement included, that clothing for such ventures should ideally be watertight.

On the other billboard, a very simple message for would-be summer "hikers" reads: "We respect you, please respect yourselves and hike responsibly." Along with a drawing of water bottles, battery lamps and fully charged mobile phone batteries.

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Monday, 1 July 2019

HGSS Rescues Two Tourists, Writes Sarcastic Facebook Status

The Croatian Mountain Rescue Service (HGSS) is known for its amusing and rather sarcastic posts and images on social media aimed at tourists who fancy having a crack at tackling mountains like Sv. Ilija in a pair of cheap flip flops, attempting to swim to ''nearby'' islands that are a lot further away from the mainland than they first appear, or having a go at mountain climbing up Biokovo or Velebit at 14:00 on a boiling hot August day with all but a half filled bottle of Jana water.

The height of the tourist season in Croatia has only just begun, and with that, the tireless group of volunteers which make up the body of HGSS have started to receive calls, mainly from foreign tourists who underestimated the power of nature, not to mention the strength of the summer sunshine, and grossly overestimated their physical abilities.

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes on the 1st of July, 2019, HGSS's Gospić station recently announced on their Facebook page that they have successfully managed to rescue two foreigners. The post doesn't mention which country the unfortunate pair come from.

"During the evening hours, two foreign nationals were rescued from the rocks above the bay of Zavratnica... try to guess which footwear they were wearing!" writes HGSS in a Facebook post which was consequently commented on by numerous people taking guesses, with the notorious flip flop being the most likely culprit.

Otherwise, HGSS has recently warned would-be adventurers that they absolutely must have the minimal equipment with them at least, such as more than enough water, a proper lamp or torch, and a full battery.

In addition, with their typically comical statuses and various creative signs, HGSS warned foreign tourists strictly against using summer footwear, such as flip flops, for mountaineering. Of course, many don't bother to take heed or listen and thus increase their chances of needing to be rescued by the good people of HGSS.

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Saturday, 15 June 2019

Croatian Mountain Rescue Service (HGSS) Publishes More Amusing Warnings

June the 15th, 2019 - the Croatian Mountain Rescue Service (HGSS) has become known over the last couple of years or so for its sarcastic, witty warnings to tourists who might fancy tackling mountains like Sv. Ilija in a four euro pair of Primark flip flops in the middle of the scorching August heat.

Recently HGSS asked tourists to please Tweet them if there is indeed life after death, accompanied by a fitting yet morbidly funny pink inflatable in the shape of a coffin.

From warning tourists not to try to swim to ''nearby'' islands, which are in actual fact much further away from the mainland than they first appear, to making sure they don't get stuck and dehydrated halfway up Biokovo at 14:00 on a boiling hot July day, this group of tireless volunteers are very inventive in coming up with their amusing warnings to foreign tourists planning on spending summer along the Croatian coast.

Using the hashtags #nomeansno and #isurvivedaholidayincroatia, HGSS have taken to social media once again just before the main tourist season begins to make sure that there are definitely no language barriers and misunderstandings among those who don't understand the Croatian language. 

Dear tourists, we know you don’t speak Croatian, so please follow the obvious wordless signs while hiking in the Croatian mountains reads the recent post from HGSS on their Facebook page, along with a photo that can hardly be misinterpreted, even by the ''bravest'' (or indeed most stupid) of tourists this summer season.

In all seriousness, HGSS is made up of volunteers who are forced to deal with idiotic and often highly dangerous situations each and every summer in the Croatian mountains. The majority of these incidents are entirely avoidable and are unfortunately the product of bad decisions made by foreign tourists. Make sure to take all of the necessary precautions if you're planning on a bit of mountaineering or swimming this summer in Croatia!

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Sunday, 9 June 2019

Emergency Services Given 4,000 Radio Communication Devices

ZAGREB, June 9, 2019 - Minister of the Interior Davor Božinović, Croatian Firefighting Association president Ante Sanader and Croatian Mountain Rescue Service (HGSS) head Josip Granić signed in Zaprešić near Zagreb on Saturday an agreement on the modernisation of radio communication equipment for emergency services, an investment worth about 39 million kuna. Eighty-five percent of the investment is being financed with EU funding.

Thanks to the investment, the Croatian Firefighting Association and the HGSS will get 3,000 hand-held and 900 mobile radio communication devices for vehicles.

"It is our ambition to act as a service for those who rescue lives and property all around Croatia - firefighters, members of the HGSS, police and army," Božinović said after the signing ceremony, adding that that was the role of his ministry and the newly established Civil Protection Directorate.

The Ministry of the Interior will continue equipping emergency services because security is one of the most important conditions for all citizens and guests in Croatia to feel well, said the minister.

HGSS head Granić said that the latest agreement built on the very good cooperation that had started with the establishment of the Civil Protection Directorate.

The donation will help the HGSS and the firefighting service be more coordinated in their activities, Granić said, thanking the Ministry of the Interior for the project.

Croatian Firefighting Association president Sanader stressed that owing to efforts by the government, Minister Božinović and Prime Minister Andrej Plenković, on January 1, 2020, the Croatian Firefighting Association would start operating as a central state office, whereby it would be depoliticised.

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Saturday, 4 May 2019

HGSS Warns Tourists: ''Tweet Us If There's Life After Death!''

The Croatian Mountain Rescue Service (HGSS) has become well known for its sarcastic and amusing social media posts warning tourists about trying to swim across to that inviting little island that is actually much further away from the mainland than it looks, or attempting to tackle Biokovo at midday in August with no water and while wearing Primark flip-flops. 

Every year, there are cases of tourists having been a bit too brave (or stupid, the line is thin). From trying to pet venomous snakes in the dry pine forests, to swimming, to taking a stab at mountaineering and climbing, or getting themselves stuck in other similar situations which are at best embarrassing and at worst so dangerous they're potentially fatal.

As the tourist season quickly approaches, HGSS is back to work with its social media warnings to tourists who might be feeling extra brave in their various intrepid ventures this summer, aiming this time at lovers of lilos and other beach/pool inflatables.

HGSS has posted a photo on Facebook of a man lying on a sea inflatable which rather morbidly resembles a bright pink coffin, with the statement: ''Dear tourists, if you really can't hold back, put your name and address on [the inflatable], in case of emergency call 112, may the dolphins be with you.''

On the photo itself, HGSS asks tourists to please Tweet them if there is life after death, followed by amusing hashtags about having survived a holiday in Croatia.

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Sunday, 30 December 2018

Croatian Mountain Rescue Service Save Abandoned Dog From Cave

The Croatian Mountain Rescue Service (HGSS) has become well known for its witty Facebook statuses over the past couple of years or so, but not everything can be looked back at with a giggle. An animal in danger is one of them.

From warning tourists and other would-be mountaineers to perhaps refrain from trying to tackle mountains in the summer sunshine with no water and wearing only flip flops, to letting those who fancy themselves as Olympic swimmers that that pretty little island over there is actually a lot further away than it looks from the mainland, the Croatian Mountain Rescue Service, made up of generous volunteers from all types of jobs and walks of life, has been making us laugh in spite of the often ridiculous and downright dangerous scenarios they continually need to rescue people from.

Of course, not all of these stories and scenarios can have a funny spin put on them, and when it comes to abandoned animals suffering and in danger at the hands of careless humans, there can be no jokes. What there can be, however, is a very happy (and lucky) ending.

As Index writes on the 29th of December, 2018, as the Croatian Mountain Rescue Service reported, during the excavation of a cave in the area of Bratiškovci (Šibenik-Knin County), members of SOS HKP "Sveti Mihovil", which included four members of HGSS Šibenik who were the leaders of this expedition, heard the distressed barking and whining of a dog coming from somwhere in the dark and unwelcoming cave.

They immediately embarked on an action to locate and rescue the injured and underweight, clearly mistreated animal. Using specialist speleological techniques, the unlucky, unwell and frightened dog was located and pulled out of the cave to safety. Given the fact that when 112 was called, not one of the competent associations bothered to even respond, the dog was taken to safety and is currently being housed at the "Sea" (More) apothecary.

The members of HGSS Šibenik, as well as members of SOS "Sveti Mihovil", once again demonstrated their bravery, humanity and superior ability and talent to deal with serious situations in potentially dangerous caves.

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Monday, 27 August 2018

In Dramatic Operation, HGSS Rescues Two Hikers on Velebit

The Croatian Mountain Rescue Service helped the hikers on the best-known Croatian mountain.

Thursday, 2 August 2018

Croatian Mountain Rescue Service Posts Another Sarcastic ''Dear Tourists'' Warning

The Croatian Mountain Rescue Service does it again...

Thursday, 5 July 2018

Croatia's HGSS to Help Evacuate Boys Trapped in Cave in Thailand?

The Croatian Mountain Rescue Service has been put on standby.

Monday, 2 April 2018

Mountain Rescue Service Robbed while Searching for Missing Person

A new low, even for thieves.

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