Sixteen migrants including six children were saved on the Pljesevica mountain, which marks the border between Bosnia and Croatia. They are all in precarious health condition after being exposed to freezing temperatures.
The 16 migrants, including five women and six children between the ages of one and ten, crossed the Croatian-Bosnian border in recent days on the slopes of the Pljesevica, one of the most inaccessible and isolated mountains of the Dinaric Alps.
All migrants were given medical treatment. Two women and all six children have been hospitalized in Gospic in central Croatia with hypothermia.
This was reported by Croatian police who, alongside the civil protection and a police special forces unit equipped for extreme weather conditions, conducted the rescue operation on Tuesday.
Croatian border police has kept a close eye on this area for months because migrants have been have using this dangerous route to reach the European Union for quite some time. The extreme weather conditions in the area include temperatures of below 15 degrees Celsius and 50 centimeters of snow.