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17:30  06 march  2019
17:30  06 march  2019 Source:   news.sky.com

British climber whose mother died on notorious K2 in 1995 goes missing on Pakistan peak dubbed 'Killer Mountain' as search operation is delayed amid Kashmir crisis

British climber whose mother died on notorious K2 in 1995 goes missing on Pakistan peak dubbed 'Killer Mountain' as search operation is delayed amid Kashmir crisis Tom Ballard, 30, and Daniele Nardi, 42, last made contact via satellite phone while 20,000ft up Pakistan's Nanga Parbat mountain on Sunday and have not been heard from since.

A search for the missing British climber Tom Ballard and his Italian climbing partner, Daniele Nardi, who disappeared on the Himalayan peak Nanga Parbat, has been called off . The decision involved Pakistani and Spanish climbers from nearby K2, a Pakistani mountaineering official told the

A helicopter search team has been looking for a British climber who was reported missing on a peak in Pakistan. Tom Ballard and Italian climber Daniele Stefano Pontecorvo, the Italian ambassador in Pakistan, tweeted on Thursday morning: "Rescue helicopter to search for Daniele Nardi and Tom

Search for British climber missing on mountain called off © Other Tom Ballard began his quest in December. Pic: Instagram

The search for a British climber who went missing on the world's ninth-highest mountain has been called off.

Tom Ballard, 30, was climbing Nanga Parbat in Pakistan with Italian Daniele Nardi when they lost contact a week ago.

They set out on 22 February and last made contact on 24 February while at about 6,300 metres (20,700ft).

The pair had been accompanied by two Pakistani mountaineers, but they had turned back because they thought the bad weather was too dangerous. Search for British climber missing on mountain called off © Other Mr Ballard had been documenting his journey online. Pic: Instagram

The Spanish-Pakistani search team lost hope of finding any trace of the pair as weather conditions continued to worsen.

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The search for a British climber who went missing on the world’s ninth-highest mountain in Pakistan is facing further delays due to bad weather. Rescuers who had been due to search for the pair with a helicopter and drone were called off due to adverse weather conditions on Saturday.

Initial search plans on Thursday were prevented when Pakistan closed its air space after it shot down two Indian military planes. Snow, clouds and low visibility forced proposed searches on Friday and Saturday to be called off . Mr Ballard moved to Scotland in the same year his mother, Alison

Karrar Haidri, the secretary of the Alpine Club of Pakistan, said it was not an easy but "a very painful decision" to take after the rescuers tried everything they could - including flying out drones - to find the two.

Military helicopters were used to fly a group of four rescuers - including a physician - up the mountain to search for the pair but no trace of them was found. Search for British climber missing on mountain called off © Getty Nanga Parbat, also known as Killer Mountain, in Pakistan

Heavy snowfall over the last few days also raised fears that the climbers may have perished.

Mr Ballard is the son of Alison Hargreaves, the first woman to scale Mount Everest alone.

Ms Hargreaves died aged 33 on K2 months after completing the climb.

Mr Nardi, 42, from near Rome, had attempted the Nanga Parbat summit in winter several times in the past.

Mr Ballard was also a skilled climber and in 2015 became the first person to solo climb all six major north faces of the Alps in one winter.

Nanga Parbat is the ninth highest peak in the world at 8,126m (26,660ft) and has been dubbed 'Killer Mountain' due to the high number of fatalities.

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