Army search operation resumes for missing climbers

Ali Sadpara and two other mountaineers missing on K2- Army search operation resumes

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Pakistan Army helicopters have returned to Skardu unsuccessful after conducting a search operation to trace missing mountaineer Ali Sadpara and two other team members. The climbers are on an expedition to conquer K2 during the winter.

The helicopters reportedly flew to a height of 7,000 meters on Saturday afternoon in their attempt to locate the missing mountaineers. 

They were looking for Sadpara, John Snorri from Iceland, and Juan Pablo Mohr from Chile, but were unable to find any clues to their whereabouts. They had to return due to worsening weather and light conditions.

Sources have affirmed that Sadpara and his team had successfully summited the K-2. The world’s second-highest mountain of 8,611-metre, late Friday.

Unfortunately, their support teams stated that there is no communication between them and the climbers.

Waqas Johar, Assistant Commissioner Shigar, Gilgit-Baltistan, confirmed Saturday afternoon that 

“There has been no success in finding the missing mountaineers so far and that weather conditions are “not good” at K2.”

However, Sajid Sadpara- Ali’s son waited for the climbers at Camp 2 for a while. In a subsequent update, he said that Sajid has reached Camp 1. Sajid had to return because his oxygen regulator was not working.

Mountaineers set off on journey

Sadpara, Snorri, and Mohr had departed for their journey a day after Sadpara’s birthday on Wednesday. He tweeted to ask his fans to “keep us in your prayers”.

They had started their attempt for the final summit in the early hours of Friday, hoping to accomplish the herculean feat by Friday afternoon.

John Snorri posted on his Facebook account on the 5th of Feb. The post says that everyone was fine otherwise and going at a good pace until he had been with them. 

 “They were at a bottleneck at around 10 am”

Army Search Operation

The army-led search operation was launched after there was no contact with either one of the three mountaineers after Friday.

Chhang Dawa Sherpa, a Nepalese mountaineer who is known for his feat of scaling the 14 highest peaks, including K2, and who was leading the Seven Summit Treks’ winter expedition tweeted: 

Prayers for the missing climbers

The government tweeted out a message of hope and prayer for the safe return of Sadpara and his fellow mountaineers.

President Arif Alvi also tweeted concern and said he is praying for Sadpara and the others.

Pakistan’s veteran actress Mehwish Hayat also tweeted for the safe return of three mountainers.

Pakistani aviation enthusiast Fakhar-e-Alam tweeted about the missing climbers, requesting his followers to pray for their recovery.

He further updates about the mountainers.

PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari also expressed concern over the missing mountaineers.

“Muhammad Ali Sadpara is a hero for Pakistan. His recovery must be made a priority,” a statement said.

According to the statement, Sadpara had expressed his resolve to Bilawal to undertake the expedition.

Let’s all pray for the safe return of these brave men.

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