The Swiss Air Rescue Service (Rega) attended 13,726 rescue missions in Switzerland and neighbouring countries in 2010, down from more than 14,000 in 2009.
Rega said rescue missions resulting from winter sports activities continued to rise last year, with avalanches contributing to the causes of such rescues.
The organisation registered 83,000 new donors in 2010, a 3.8 per cent increase overall. In French-speaking Switzerland, new registered donors rose by 6.8 per cent.
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