Pak Army To Use Special Infrared Cameras To Search For Missing Mountaineers

Aizbah KhanWeb Editor

11th Feb, 2021. 05:56 pm
Pak Army To Use Special Infrared Cameras To Search For Missing Mountaineers

Efforts to find missing climbers Muhammad Ali Sadpara, John Asnori and Chile’s Juan Pablo are expected to resume today after the weather in Skardu improves slightly.

According to the sources, the Pakistan army will use a special forward-looking infrared (FLIR) in addition to the four high-altitude forts belonging to the village of Sadpara via C-130 aircraft.

It is believed that the bad weather in the area has hampered the search for the missing climbers for the past four days.

The sources further said that all efforts have been intensified to find the national hero Muhammad Ali Sadpara and his brave team consisting of Iceland’s John Asnori and JP Mehr.

Note that the sensors in FLIR cameras can detect infrared radiation and convert it into an image.

Karrar Haidri. Secretary, Alpine Club of Pakistan said that their 4 hill forts Sadiq Sadpara, Ali Muhammad Sadpara, Ali Raza Sadpara and Dilawar Sadpara are in Skardu and they will be part of the search mission.

He added: “Both Sadiq and Ali Mohammad have experience climbing 8,000 meters high mountains and have become accustomed to the weather that will move them above base camp if needed.

It may be recalled that the search mission of Muhammad Ali Sadpara and his fellow climbers, who were last seen at Bottle Neck on the K-2 mountain, has been continuously affected by bad weather.

Pakistani mountaineer Muhammad Ali Sadpara, two foreign climbers, John Snorri from Iceland & John Pablo from Chile, set out from Base Camp III to reach the summit between Thursday and Friday night.

Muhammad Ali Sadpara’s son Sajid Sadpara also accompanied the three climbers to the place known as ‘Bottle Neck’ (the most dangerous place in K2) but returned to Camp 3 due to problems with the oxygen regulator.

The three climbers lost contact with the base camp on Friday night and were reported missing on Saturday when their team stopped receiving reports from them.

On Saturday, helicopters flew up to 7,000 meters to search for the missing climbers, but no trace was found.

On Sunday, Army helicopters flew over the limit at an altitude of 7,800 meters, but the missing climbers could not be traced and the mission had to be suspended.

The mission was also suspended on Monday due to severe weather conditions and low visibility.

Similarly, the mission was suspended on Tuesday due to strong winds and snowfall, while the search and rescue mission could not be carried out on Wednesday due to strong winds and bad weather conditions.

In this regard, an official of the ISPR had said that as soon as the weather improves, the search for the three climbers will be resumed and all resources have been mobilized by the Army.

The official said that all air and ground efforts were being made, adding that it was acknowledged that the mission was facing difficulties due to severe weather conditions and altitude.

It should be noted that Muhammad Ali Sadpara, John Asnori of Iceland and John Pablo of Chile went missing during the second K-2 campaign in the winter.

Earlier, on January 24, Muhammad Ali Sadpara, Sajid Ali Sadpara and Jan Asnoori had launched a K-2 head-climbing campaign, but after reaching 6,831 meters on the afternoon of January 25, due to bad weather conditions. They left the campaign and headed back to base camp, announcing a K-2 campaign in February.

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