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Operation Underway to Rescue European Climbers from Nanga Parbat

ISLAMABAD:  A helicopter was sent to rescue two European mountaineers stranded on the ‘Killer Mountain’, Nanga Parbat.

A Polish climber Tomasz Mackiewicz and French mountaineer Elisabeth Revol have been in Pakistan in a bid to ascend the 8,126 metre (26,660 feet) Nanga Parbat in Himalaya mountain range.

Mackiewicz is said to be in a critical condition with snow blindness and altitude sickness.

A helicopter of Askari Aviation (a for-profit business owned by Army Welfare Trust) has flown from Skardu to the K2 base camp on Saturday afternoon.

From there, it picked up four Polish climbers including Jaroslaw Botor, Denis Urubko, Adam Bielecki, and Piotr Tomala along with some gear.

Alpine Federation of Pakistan Secretary (AFPS) Karrar Haidri told media that bad weather had delayed the flight and hindered rescue operation.

“The climbers have been picked up from K2 and were taken to Skardu where the helicopters will refuel before heading to Nanga Parbat,” he added.

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