Bodies of 7 missing climbers on Himalayan mountain recovered, officials say – Fox News

Indian paramilitary soldiers on Sunday reached the bodies of 7 of eight members of an international climbing group who ‘d vanished on the country’s second-highest mountain, authorities said.

Members from the group found the dead on Nanda Devi East, an infamously hazardous mountain. The victims have not yet been identified, Vijay Jogdande, an administrator of Uttarakhand state, said.

All 8 of the climbers, which included 2 Americans, four Britons, one Australian and an Indian, were presumed dead after disappearing May 26 on the mountain.

Soldiers discovered the bodies at an elevation of over 16,000 feet, Jogdande said.

#ITBP mountaineers recuperated 7 bodies of the mountaineers near an unnamed peak near Mount #NandaDevi East today consisting of a woman and an Indian. Search for 8th missing out on mountaineer will be brought out tomorrow. Some mountaineering equipment also recuperated from the site,” Indo-Tibetan Border Cops tweeted on Sunday.

INDIA STOPS EFFORT TO OBTAIN CLIMBERS’ BODIES ON HIMALAYAN MOUNTAIN

The mountaineers, led by veteran British climber Martin Moran, had set out to arrive of an unclimbed, unnamed 21,250- foot ridge, but lost contact with their base camp after an avalanche swept through an area of the mountain.

A senior officer sending off soldiers who left to find the climbers in Pithoragarh, India, earlier this month.

A senior officer dispatching soldiers who delegated discover the climbers in Pithoragarh, India, earlier this month.
( Indo Tibetan Border Police force through AP, File)

About 2 weeks earlier, 5 bodies thought to be from the missing team were found by air but a rescue helicopter was not able to reach them due to high winds combined with hard terrain. Indian paramilitary forces and the Indian Mountaineering Structure released ground expeditions soon thereafter.

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Amit Chowdhary, a spokesperson for the Indian Mountaineering Foundation, stated that when the group at the base camp stopped getting radio updates from the other expedition team on May 26, one individual went to look for the missing climbers the next day.

A status report acquired by The Associated Press stated the difficulties in obtaining the bodies included the “bowl-like” location of the surface, wind turbulence and the risk of further avalanches, and therefore advised an exploration on foot.

Nanda Devi's twin peaks seen from Chaukori in Uttarakhand, India. 

Nanda Devi’s twin peaks seen from Chaukori in Uttarakhand, India..
( AP Photo/ Maninder Kohli by means of Juniper Outdoor Pursuits Centre Pvt. Ltd., File)

Jogdande stated the recuperated bodies will be given the base camp. The president of the Indian Mountaineering Structure said officials would choose an air evacuation of the bodies, weather condition allowing.

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The missing group had begun its get on May13 Nanda Devi East is a twin peak of Nanda Devi, India’s second-highest mountain, and the two are connected by a razor-sharp 1.2-mile ridge at an elevation of 22,000 feet.

Fox News’ Travis Fedschun and The Associated Press added to this report.

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