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US NewsIndian rescuers to search for eight climbers missing in Himalayas

07:50  02 june  2019
07:50  02 june  2019 Source:   reuters.com

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The climbers went missing on the Indian side of the Himalayas near the end of a climbing season that has been particularly deadly this year. At least nine people have died on the Nepalese side of Mount Everest so far this year, the deadliest climbing season on the peak since 2015.

Indian rescuers say the chances of finding eight climbers missing in the Himalayas are "bleak". Two Indian air force helicopters were searching the The four rescued mountaineers began their ascent with the eight -member group on 13 May but returned to Munsiyari base camp due to harsh weather

Indian rescuers to search for eight climbers missing in Himalayas A view of the Himalayan mountain Mount Ama Dablam (height 6812 metres) seen from above Pheriche village in Solukhumbu district, some 140kms northeast of Kathmandu on April 19, 2018. - The route is a busy gateway for tourists, climbers and porters heading to the Mount Everest region in Nepal. (Photo by PRAKASH MATHEMA / AFP) (Photo credit should read PRAKASH MATHEMA/AFP/Getty Images)

MUMBAI, June 1 (Reuters) - An Indian rescue team has been sent to search for eight missing climbers who had been trying to climb the summit of Nanda Devi, the second-highest peak in India, and were probably hit by a large avalanche, two state government officials said.

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Image caption The group went missing while climbing Nanda Devi in the Indian Himalayas . A group of eight climbers has gone missing while climbing When they didn't return to the base camp as planned, a search and rescue team was sent to try to find them. However, a local official has warned

MUMBAI (Reuters) - An Indian rescue team has been sent to search for eight missing climbers who had been trying to climb the summit of Nanda Devi The climbers have gone missing on the Indian side of the Himalayas near the end of a climbing season that has been particularly deadly this year.

The officials said that they had been told that those missing include climbers from Britain, the United States, Australia and India.

The rescue effort began on Saturday when the climbers failed to return to base camp. It may take days to trek to the area where they were last known to have been, said Vijay Kumar Jogdanda, the top civil servant in Pithoragarh district of India's mountainous Uttarakhand state.

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Others in the group, who had turned back earlier, told officials late on Friday that their fellow climbers had not returned to base camp as planned, Sanjay Gunjiyal, the inspector general of police at the Uttarakhand State Disaster Response Force, told Reuters.

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An Indian rescue team has been sent to search for eight missing climbers who had been trying to climb the summit of Nanda Devi, the second-highest Helicopters may not be able to land anywhere in the area, given the terrain. The climbers went missing on the Indian side of the Himalayas near

An Indian rescue team has been sent to search for eight missing climbers who had been trying to climb the summit of Nanda Devi, the second-highest The rescue effort began on Saturday when the climbers failed to return to base camp, but it may take days to trek to the area where they were last

Rescue operations which began on Saturday were called off in the evening due to harsh weather conditions and would resume on Sunday, Gunjiyal said, adding that an air force helicopter will be used for aerial reconnaissance on Sunday. Helicopters may not be able to land anywhere in the area, given the terrain.

The climbers went missing on the Indian side of the Himalayas near the end of a climbing season that has been particularly deadly this year.

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Indian rescuers to search for eight climbers missing in Himalayas
Indian rescuers to search for eight climbers missing in Himalayas
Indian rescuers to search for eight climbers missing in Himalayas
Indian rescuers to search for eight climbers missing in Himalayas
Indian rescuers to search for eight climbers missing in Himalayas
Indian rescuers to search for eight climbers missing in Himalayas
Indian rescuers to search for eight climbers missing in Himalayas
Indian rescuers to search for eight climbers missing in Himalayas
Indian rescuers to search for eight climbers missing in Himalayas
Indian rescuers to search for eight climbers missing in Himalayas
Indian rescuers to search for eight climbers missing in Himalayas
Indian rescuers to search for eight climbers missing in Himalayas
Indian rescuers to search for eight climbers missing in Himalayas

At least nine people have died on the Nepalese side of Mount Everest so far this year, the deadliest climbing season on the peak since 2015.

Indian and international news reports said that the team was led by British guide Martin Moran. On the Facebook page of his Moran Mountain company, the last public entry appears to be on May 22.

It says that the Nanda Devi team had reached their second base camp at 4,870 metres, their home for the next week.

Five bodies found in hunt for missing mountain climbers

Five bodies found in hunt for missing mountain climbers An Indian official has said air force pilots have spotted five bodies while searching for eight missing climbers - including four Britons - in the Himalayas. They were found just before a rescue operation was suspended due to heavy snowfall and high winds, said Vijay Kumar Jogdanda, a civil administrator in Pithoragarh district in northern India's Uttarakhand state. He said the search to find the remaining three missing climbers would resume on Tuesday. The group was attempting to reach the summit of India's second-highest peak Nanda Devi in Uttarakhand.

Indian rescuers to search for eight climbers missing in Himalayas © ASSOCIATED PRESS In this May 22, 2019, file photo, a long queue of mountain climbers line a path on Mount Everest just below camp four, in Nepal. Seasoned mountaineers say the Nepal government's failure to limit the number of climbers on Mount Everest has resulted in dangerous overcrowding and a greater number of deaths. (AP Photo/Rizza Alee, File)

"After a recce of the route they will be making a summit attempt on an unclimbed peak at 6477m. In the words of (U.S. rock climbing pioneer) Royal Robbins, 'A first ascent is a creation in the same sense as is a painting or a song'. We wish them all the very best of luck and an incredible climb!"

(Reporting by Sankalp Phartiyal Editing by Martin Howell, Stephen Powell and Peter Graff)

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Indian rescuers to search for eight climbers missing in Himalayas

Air rescue ruled out in bid to recover British climbers' bodies.
Bad weather is making it difficult to recover the bodies of five foreign climbers spotted in the Himalayas, officials in India have said. A team of eight led by veteran mountaineer Martin Moran - including four Britons, two Americans, an Australian and an Indian - have been missing since an avalanche last week. They are all feared to have died, and five bodies have been spotted at an altitude of 5,000m (16,404ft). However, reaching the bodies on the notoriously dangerous mountain is not currently possible by air because helicopters are having difficulty operating in strong turbulence.

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