Search under way: Sadpara, two other climbers still missing
By Tanveer Ahmed
Gilgit (TP) February 7, 2021: Army helicopters began another round of search operation to possibly rescue renowned climber Muhammad Ali Sadpara and his two team members John Snorri of Iceland and J P Mohr from Chile, who went missing on K2 on Friday and since then no communication could be established with them.
The trio climbers team went missing on the world’s second highest mountain known as Savage Mountain, K2, on Friday 10 am.
Some TV channels run news claiming that the team led by Muhammad Ali Sadpara scalled up the mountain, however, the management of the expedition categorically denied the news, terming it fake and calling the reporting an irresponsible journalism.
The Pakistan Army on Sunday launched another formal operation in search to locate the three missing climbers, among them, Muhammad Ali Sadpara was attempting the summit without the formal oxygen kit.
According to sources, two Pakistani mountaineers are also taking part in the aerial operation with the Pakistan army, while Chung Dawa Sherpa, the head of the Seven Summit International Expedition at K2 base camp, is also lending assistance in the search operation.
The Pakistan army aviation helicopters have flown from Skardu to K2 to hover over an altitude of 7000 metres while climbers are monitoring for helicopters at the base camp.
According to sources, the pilots have been instructed to fly at a maximum altitude of more than 7000 metres as yesterday they flew at an altitude of 6,500 meters during the search operation and failed to locate the missing climbers.
The team at Chung Dawa Sherpa at the base camp are preparing equipment and food for Pakistani climbers coming for the aerial search operation, the sources said.