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Himalayan tragedy: Bodies of 5 missing mountaineers spotted on Nanda


Climbers Anthony Sudekum (L, back), Rupert Whewell (2L, back), Mark Thomas (3L, back), Matt Powell (4L, black), Kate Armstrone (5L, back), Martin Moran (C, back), Richard Payne (4R, back), John McLaren (3R, back), Ruth McCance (2R, back), Ronald Beimel (L, front), Ian Wade (2L, front), Zachary Quain (C, front) and Chetan Pandey (R), Liaison Officer of Indian Mountaineering Foundation pose for a picture before leaving for their expedition in Munsiyari town in Uttarakhand, India May 13, 2019. Photo: REUTERS

Pithoragarh: Indian Air Force helicopters Monday spotted the bodies of five of the eight mountaineers who went missing on way to the Nanda Devi East peak in Uttarakhand.

The eight-member team consisting of climbers from the UK, US and Australia went missing en route to the Nanda Devi East peak.

Bodies of five mountaineers were sighted near an unscaled peak adjoining the Nanda Devi East peak during an air search by Air Force helicopters on Monday, Pithoragarh District Magistrate VK Jogdande said.

Apparently the mountaineers were perished in an avalanche while ascending an unscaled peak near the Nanda Devi East peak after they failed to scale the latter, he said.

The bodies were sighted after an air search was conducted over the peak on the basis of clues provided by four climbers from UK rescued during a sortie undertaken on Sunday.

“We are sending a report to the Centre. Further rescue operation will be conducted after we get instructions,” the District Magistrate said.

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