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2 British trekkers rescued, 3 trapped at Chitral’s Koyo Zom

Anum RizwanWeb Editor

30th Sep, 2019. 12:51 pm
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5 British mountaineers met an accident as they fell from Koyo Zom peak in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

According to the district administration, the team fell from a height of 30 metres after a climber slipped on a glacier during the trek.

Upper Chitral Additional District Commissioner (ADC) Irfanuddin said that two British trekkers have been rescued via a helicopter while three others, along with a guide, are trapped and awaiting rescue at the Koyo Zom peak in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Rescue officials had sought to continue the operation to retrieve the remaining three mountaineers along with the guide but had failed to reach them due to rough weather and darkness which forced them to stop the search, district administration said.

The British expedition team had reached the Koyo Zom base camp in Upper Chitral from Islamabad last month.

In March 2019, Two European climbers went missing while scaling Nanga Parbat – the world’s ninth-highest peak in the Gilgit Baltistan region of Pakistan.

Italy’s ambassador to Pakistan, Stefano Pontecorvo, tweeted that the search for Italian Daniele Nardi and Briton Tom Ballard ended after their bodies were found at a height of about 5,900 metres on Nanga Parbat.

The first successful winter ascent of Nanga Parbat was made in February 2016. A Polish climber died on the mountain in January 2018, but his female French climbing partner was saved by climbers who had been airlifted from K2 to conduct a daring night-time rescue mission.

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