ITBP climbers on Wednesday, 3 July, brought down the bodies of seven mountaineers found dead on the Nanda Devi East peak in Uttarakhand in May after battling inclement weather for more than a fortnight. This has ended an operation that involved ITBP climbers and IAF helicopters.
It took the ITBP team a total of 500 hours spanning over 15 days to bring the mortal remains back.
But the ITBP Director General, SS Deswal said, "We are still looking for the eighth mountaineer. It is expected that the body would be buried under snow and once it melts it could be retrieved.”
The 8 Mountaineers
Eight mountaineers had set out on an expedition of the 7,434-metre-high peak but were reported missing on 25 May, the day they were to reach their base camp. One of them is still missing.
Pandey said the seven bodies were brought down to base camp 2 located at 17,000 feet, from 18,900 feet where they were found.
“The bodies were flown to the Pithoragarh's Naini Saini airport in IAF helicopters in afternoon from a base camp at an altitude of 15,250 ft in the mountains, where a 15-member team of the ITBP climbers had brought them down on their shoulders from another base camp at 18,000 ft,” said the ITBP DG.
#NandaDevi— ITBP (@ITBP_official) July 2, 2019
All 7 dead bodies of mountaineers successfully taken to ITBP Base camp 1 (15,250 ft) by ITBP mountaineers after 12 hours' operation today. Choppers of @IAF_MCC will start carry bodies from this point to Pithoragarh via Munsyari from tomorrow morning if weather permits pic.twitter.com/Lsn4rGhkNh
The ill-fated expedition was led by well-known British mountaineer Martin Moran, who had scaled the peak twice.
The mountaineers had left Munsyari on 13 May to scale the peak in Pithoragarh district. The team included seven members from the UK, Australia and the US, besides a liaison officer from the Indian Mountaineering Foundation.
Seven of the eight members of the team are John McLaren, Richard Payne and Rupert Havel (from the UK), Ruth Macrain (Australia), Anthony Sudekum and Rachel Bimmel (US), and liaison officer Chetan Pandey.
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