Pitthoragarh, June 23: Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) team on Sunday recovered seven bodies of foreign mountaineers, who were hit by an avalanche near Nanda Devi in Uttarakhand and went missing three weeks back. The 10-member ITBP team dug out the seven bodies, including that of a woman mountaineer. However, a search is still on for another body as there were eight members in the team. Nanda Devi: Team of 4 ITBP Trekkers to Recover Bodies of Missing Mountaineers Reaches Base Camp; Mission Halted Due to Technical Snag.
The mountaineers were hit by an avalanche on May 26 and were missing since then. The bodies were traced at an altitude of approximately 21000 feet near the peak. The climbers were on an expedition to a Nanda Devi East peak. Pictures of Bodies Believed to be of 8 Missing Trekkers Released by ITBP, IAF Continues Search Operation.
#ITBP mountaineers recovered 7 bodies of the mountaineers near an unnamed peak near Mount #NandaDevi East today including a woman and an Indian. Search for 8th missing mountaineer will be carried out tomorrow. Some mountaineering equipment also recovered from the site #Himveers pic.twitter.com/ceaKnvQ4jN
— ITBP (@ITBP_official) June 23, 2019
The joint operation was conducted by the Indian Air Force (IAF), ITBP and other local agencies to trace the missing mountaineers in which four were British, two were Americans, and one each from Australia and India. The attempt to rescue the trapped mountaineers from Nanda Devi East is named Operation Daredevil. The search operation began on June 14. Recovered dead bodies have been retrieved and taken to a nearby site. Uttarakhand: 4 Out of 12 Missing Trekkers Return to Pithoragarh Base Camp, Search On for Untraced Ones.
Earlier in June also, the IAF and the ITBP launched a rescue operation. Meanwhile, on June 3, aerial images showing equipment and bodies partially buried in the snow were released by the ITBP. After which the rescue operation was undertaken. The IAF had also rescued four foreign climbers this month.