Gilgit: Pakistan Army’s choppers, due to inclement weather, could not rescue two mountaineers, Elisabeth Revol from France and Tomek Mackiewicz from Poland, who have been stranded on Nanga Parbat.
The Ministry of Interior has said that air-lifting the stranded mountaineers was not possible due to low light and inclement weather.
The choppers have, however, dropped four Polish mountaineers, who were attempting to climb K2, but volunteered to be part of the rescue mission, and a local medical team, near the stranded mountaineers to help them on emergency basis.
The team, after being dropped by the choppers, is moving fast towards the stranded mountains.
The rescuers are likely to reach Revol in three-four hours, tweeted one user:
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Elisabeth Revol from France and Tomek Mackiewicz from Poland reportedly got stuck at the height of 24,000 feet. Mackiewicz is believed to have fallen victim to frostbite and blindness caused by snow. Elisabeth is also reportedly frostbit in one of her toes.
The rescue mission will start again tomorrow morning.
Meanwhile, the Gilgit-Baltistan government has established control rooms to monitor the rescue operation. Phone numbers of the control room are: Gilgit: 05811920885, Skardu: 05815920102/05815920100, Chilas 05812930037.
Cell number of the Commissioner of Baltistan Division is 0346-1110482. Pakistan’s country code is 92.