Italian climber, colleagues rescued from K2
ISLAMABAD: A Pakistani rescue team on Wednesday airlifted an Italian climber and his colleagues, four days after they survived a deadly ice avalanche on K2.
According to the details, a helicopter picked up Marco Confortola and a number of his colleagues from a base camp on the world’s second highest mountain.
Pilot Colonel Mueen Uddin told the journalists that the feet of the Italian climber were frostbitten and added that his health was better but he could not walk. He said that the identities and condition of the other two people were not immediately known.
It is pertinent to mention here that Marco Confortola had survived the ice avalanche on K2 on Saturday that killed at least 11 people.
Two other survivors, both Dutchmen, were flown to a hospital in Skardu, on Monday, a day after making their way down the mountain to K2’s base camp.
It is pertinent to mention here that no clue found for the two mountaineers from Britain and Italy who went missing during the rescue operation carried out by Pakistan Army military helicopters at the world’s ninth-highest peak Nanga Parbat.
The Alpine Club of Pakistan (ACP) secretary announced the rescue operation has been abandoned to search Ballard and Nardi which continued for 10 days.
However, the military helicopters had failed to spot signs of Ballard and Nardi during the aerial search.