Handover of a Snowmobile to the Mountain Rescue Service Bihac

Within the project funded by the European Union to support migration and border management in Bosnia and Herzegovina, International Organization for Migration (IOM) BiH yesterday handed over a snowmobile to the Mountain Rescue Service Bihac with the purpose of rescuing not only the migrants and refugees who, through the Pljesevica Mountain, desire to go to the European Union countries, but also other hikers and people who find themselves in unfortunate situations in this area. Mr. Peter Van der Auweraert, Chief of Mission of the International Organization for Migration in BiH and Western Balkans Coordinator and Mr. Ermin Lipovic, Station Chief of the Mountain Rescue Service Bihac with other members of the Rescue Service have attended this handover. Renting and purchase of snowmobile has been possible thanks to the funding provided by the European Union.

Snowmobile has been provided, not only for the migrants and refugees who remain stuck in trying to cross the EU border but also for the citizens of Una-Sana Canton who find themselves in similar situation,“ said Peter Van der Auweraert.

Mountain Rescue Service Bihac during the past year have organized and completed several successful evacuations of migrants and refugees lost in the difficult mountainous terrain in Una-Sana Canton.