Search and rescue operations by Pakistani military helicopters after two other mountaineers, including noted Pakistani mountaineer Mohammed Ali Sadpara, failed to locate two days ago while climbing the world’s second highest mountain peak, the Himalayan mountain range K-2 Suspended.
Officials said Sadpara and two other climbers — Iceland’s John Snorri and Chilean Juan Pablo — were trying to reach the 2-peak 8,611-meter high and went missing on Friday night.
Two army helicopters reached their maximum range of 7,800 meters and conducted an air inspection to locate them for about an hour but the success did not materialize.
Karpa Hydari, the top official of the Alpine Club of Pakistan, appealed to pray for the trio’s safety. Local Deputy Commissioner Karim Dad Gughatai told the media that meanwhile Sadpara’s son Sajid had returned to Skardu from K2 because of some problems with his oxygen kit. Sajid also spoke to the media and said that his chances of surviving in such a cold season are slim.