Pak Army Rescued French Mountaineer

Tanveer Ahmed

A French mountaineer was rescued from Pakistan’s second highest mountain Nanga Purbat famously known as “Killer Mountain” but her male companion went missing, despite repeated efforts to rescue him.
Elisabeth Revol, from France and Tomasz Mackiewicz, from Poland, got into difficulties on Friday while climbing Pakistan’s second-highest peak, the 26,660ft Nanga Parbat.

On the request of their embassies, Pakistan Army launched the rescue operation with the help of a team of elite Polish climbers, who had been attempting the first winter ascent of the nearby K2 mountain.
Pakistani military helicopters flying over Nanga Parbat had spotted Ms Revol during daylight on Saturday. The lady was rescued and transported to the Islamabad via helicopter, where she is undergone medical treatment.

He said they were not able to find Mr Mackiewicz and would have to leave without him. Mr Giambiasi said: “Due to the snowfall and bad weather condition, the rescue for Tomasz is unfortunately not possible”, adding that the altitude would put the life of rescuers in extreme danger. He said that it is unfortunate and painful decision decision. … All our thoughts go out to Tomek’s family and friends”

Russian climber Denis Urubko, who has dual Polish citizenship, together with Polish climbers Adam Bielecki, Jaroslaw Botor and Piotrek Tomala were then dropped off by the helicopters at about 4,900m (16,000ft) from where the first two began their ascent.

Nanga Parbat was dubbed “Killer Mountain” because of the high number of lives it has claimed. In June a Spanish man and an Argentinian perished in an avalanche while trying to scale its peak