Redpoint evacuates Ripcord client struck with snow blindness in Himalayas

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‘Your operations team was ahead of the game’

The slopes near Khare, Nepal (Photo credit: Sergey Pahko)

A Ripcord Rescue Travel Insurance client, Kevin Boyd, was trekking toward Mera Peak, in the Mt. Everest region, when he began to experience the painful symptoms of snow blindness.

Redpoint staff dispatched a helicopter to evacuate him from the village of Khare, at about 15,000 feet, and fly him to a hospital in Kathmandu, where he was treated and soon discharged.

“I have nothing but good things to say about Ripcord,” Kevin wrote in an email. “From the beginning, your operations team was ahead of the game… Redpoint team members were able to ensure that everything ran smoothly until the helicopter picked me up in Khare. “

“When I got to the hospital, your paramedics stepped in to ensure that I had the best care possible and continued to follow up with me until I was released and back at the hotel,” he continued. “I would absolutely recommend Ripcord to anyone who needs this kind of insurance.

“Thanks to all who helped me with my recovery.”

Ripcord Rescue Travel Insurance™ combines the best medevac and rescue insurance with travel insurance benefits such as trip cancellation, trip interruption, lost baggage, primary medical expense coverages, and more. Ripcord is powered by Redpoint Resolutions, a medical and travel risk security company owned and operated by special operations veterans and physicians.

Redpoint covers almost 10 million people worldwide.