Man rescued after attempting to walk from France to Spain for cigarettes during coronavirus lockout

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A man was rescued by police helicopter in the Pyrenees after trying to walk from France to Spain to buy cigarettes.

French mountain police discovered “the exhausted, very cold and lost individual” from the heights of Perthus.

The unnamed man was slapped with a £ 120 fine for violating restrictions on coronaviruses.

The unnamed man sent an SOS message to rescuers asking for help after he got lost and fell into a stream

The unnamed man sent an SOS message to rescuers asking for help after he got lost and fell into a stream

He was arrested for the first time on Saturday by police when he was trying to travel 20 miles from his home in Perpignan on the French Mediterranean coast to the Spanish village of La Jonquera in Catalonia, where cigarettes are much cheaper. .

He was stopped at a checkpoint and turned around before attempting to travel on foot along a hiking trail over the Pyrenees.

French mountain police said the man was lost while walking and fell into a stream before contacting the rescuers.

He was discovered on Saturday evening and transported by plane to a security center in Perpignan where he was fined around £ 120 for failing to comply with strict locking measures.

A statement from French police in the high mountains of the Pyrenees said: It appears that the (locking) message was not transmitted correctly.

Rescue service discovered the man after dark on Saturday and flew him to a security center where he was slapped with a £ 120 fine for breaking the lock rules

Rescue service discovered the man at nightfall on Saturday and flew him to a security center where he was slapped with a £ 120 fine for breaking the lock rules

He added: “We participated in a rescue with a helicopter from Perpignan in order to pick up an exhausted, very cold and lost individual from the heights above Perthus.

“This young man, who left Perpignan by car, was sacked by checkpoints between France and Spain when he wanted to go to Jonquera.

France imposes fines on those arrested in violation of its national foreclosure measures. Above, volunteers from Sainte Rosalie Parish distribute free meals to people in need at Sainte Rosalie church

France imposes fines on those arrested in violation of its national foreclosure measures. Above, volunteers from Sainte Rosalie Parish distribute free meals to people in need at Sainte Rosalie Church

“He then decided to take a hiking trail, hoping to cross the border across the mountain.

“He fell into a stream, got out, got lost, and ended up contacting the mountain rescue service with an SOS using his phone.”

France has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic. More than 16,000 people tested positive for the virus and more than 8,000 people died.

Over £ 50 million in fines have been imposed on those who do not have the proper documents for an hour-long trip to exercise, shop or go to work.

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