Rescue team makes contact with stranded climbers

The ground rescue team made contact with climbers Shehroze Kashif and Fazal Ali on Thursday after they lost contact and became stranded on Nanga Parbat, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said. .

Naga Parbat Camp-2 is at an approximate altitude of 19,000 feet.

According to the army’s media wing, Pakistan Army Air Force pilots would attempt to airlift the stranded climbers during a small window of good weather, which would help the rescue effort.

The ISPR claimed army personnel were coordinating the “high risk” rescue operation to retrieve Shehroze and Fazal who were stranded on Pakistan’s second highest mountain.

Pakistan Army Air Force helicopters and a ground search team of porters and high altitude rescuers are part of the rescue plateau.

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“Pakistani Army Aviation pilots, in a daring attempt, attempted two helicopter missions despite bad weather conditions, but were unable to pick up the climbers due to dense clouds and high altitude,” the ISPR said earlier.

Call for help

Earlier, in a desperate plea for help, Shehroze Khasif’s father on Wednesday called on Army Chief of Staff (COAS), General Qamar Javed Bajwa to rescue his son and companion mountaineer Fazal Ali.

Kashif Salman, in a video message posted on Twitter, said he had not been able to make contact with his son since 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and needed rescue.

The two climbers remain stuck at 7,350 meters at Nanga Parbat, according to his father.

However, according to sources at Base Camp, mountaineer Shehroze Kashif had earlier reached near Camp-3.