In a bid to rescue the two missing foreign climbers, Pakistan Army has launched an operation in Nanga Parbat, popularly known as “Killer Mountain”. The two climbers Elisabeth Revol, from France, and Polish national Tomek Mackiewicz have been missing since Thursday while attempting to scale the Nanga Parbat in the winter expedition. The polish mountaineers spotted at the height of 8000metres and French lady at 7800metrs and Polish mountaineer stated to be in injured condition.
According to an ISPR press release, the operation is undertaking with the help of two helicopters and eight rescuers. “Two army helicopters, carrying eight rescuers, are undertaking the rescue mission,” the ISPR statement said.
The search operation comes a day after the two mountaineers were spotted through binoculars by ellow climbers at the base camp. The respective embassies in Islamabad had requested the Pakistan Army to launch an operation to rescue the two mountaineers.
“The rescue operation was started in the afternoon and army helicopters dropped volunteers in the area where the mountaineers are believed to be missing,” said Hamza Salik, Commissioner Baltistan Division. The bad weather and heavy snowfall remained hurdle in the way of rescue on the first day and the operation will remain continue on Sunday.
The spokesperson of provincial government Faizullah Faraq said that the government had established helped lines in Gilgit and Skardu for necessary assistance and provision of information about the missing mountaineers.
The two-member team had started their winter expedition on January 8, who had reached an altitude of 7,300 metres and wanted to reach the summit on Thursday.