Pakistan commences operation to rescue Polish-French team stuck at Nanga Parbat

Pakistan commences operation to rescue Polish-French team stuck at Nanga Parbat

Four members of a team of Polish climbers attempting the first winter ascent of nearby K2

A Polish-French team of mountain climbers, who were waiting for rescue from Nanga Parbat, the ninth-tallest mountain in the world located in northwestern Pakistan.

Pakistan Army has commenced the rescue mission today, in order to protect the foreigners in the “Killer Mountains” of Himalayas mountains range.

According to the news agency, Tomek Mackiewicz and Elisabeth Revol were attempting to ascend Nanga Parbat, known as Killer Mountain, when they got stuck at 7,400m (24,280ft).

They used a satellite phone to call for help to descend the 8,120m mountain and Pakistan Army will start rescue operation to save foreign tourist stranded on Nanga Parbat today.

They were spotted from base camp as they struggled to descend the 8,126m (26,660ft) mountain but bad weather is hampering efforts to reach the pair as temperatures have dropped to 60C where the climbers were last seen.

Asghar Porik of Jasmine Tours They will be brought from K2 to Nanga Parbat and then the operation will begin soon if the weather allowed.

Four members of a team of Polish including a doctor will assist in the rescue operation after a Pakistan Army helicopter picks them up from their base camp and flies them to Nanga Parbat.

A fund-raising campaign was launched immediately to deal with the costs of this rescue operation, and a few minutes ago the Polish Minister for Sport and Tourism Witold Bańka tweeted that his government will cover the costs of the rescue operation.

The Pole has suffered snow blindness and frostbite and is in a critical condition, according to a crowdfunding appeal to finance the USD 50,000 rescue mission.

According to the latest fortunately good news, Mackiewicz and Revol are descending slowly and they may possibly be at an altitude of 7200 meters. The hope is that they continue to descend as much as possible on their own, despite the 12 days they have already spent at great altitude alone on the mountain.

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Saqlain Naqvi is an Islamabad-based journalist who has also worked in PR sector previously.
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