Mission to rescue Polish mountaineer from Pakistan's 'killer mountain' called off

Polish climber Tomasz Mackiewicz during his trip on Nanga Parbat mountain in Pakistan January 2014. Forum  Michal Obrycki via REUTERS

Elite climbers have scaled the treacherous slopes of Pakistan's "Killer Mountain" in pitch darkness in an extraordinary attempt to rescue two mountaineers. "It is a very complex rescue operation", Sardar said.

A Polish climber was presumed dead after rescuers called off efforts to recover him from Nanga Parbat, one of the highest mountains in the world, a Pakistani official said today.

Mackiewicz was reported to be in a critical condition after developing frostbite and snow blindness, while Revol also reported frostbite.

"The K2 climbers who stopped their historic effort for a winter K2 summit will descend with Elisabeth Revol - one life saved", Alpine Club of Pakistan spokesman Karar Haideri said yesterday.

Some onlookers are also urging Google to lift Global Positioning System tracking restrictions on Adam Bielecki, the lead Polish rescue climber.

"The rescue for Tomasz is unfortunately not possible - because of the weather and altitude it would put the life of rescuers in extreme danger", wrote Ludovic Giambiasi, a friend of Ms Revol, in a series of updates on Facebook.

Once sufficient funds were raised, Askari Aviation took the four mountaineers to Nanga Parbat's base camp on Friday at the request of the Polish Embassy in Islamabad, according to Mr. Amir. "It's a awful and painful decision".




Brigadier Shahid Sardar, a representative of military-owned Askari Aviation, told Reuters that Revol was spotted near Nanga Parbat's Base Camp 2, while the Polish rescue team had been dropped off at Base Camp 1.

Earlier today, he had said the local weather was bad, with temperatures at -60 degrees Celsius at the height where the climbers are stuck. Both had made the ascent before, and were trying the especially challenging feat of doing it in winter.

Mountaineers were able to track part of the climbers' descent down the Nanga Parbat peak through a combination of Revol's messages and tracker.

No further information is available for Tomasz Mackiewicz, a Polish climber who accompanied Revol on the Nanga Parbat climb.

In July previous year a Spaniard and an Argentinian were presumed dead after they went missing while trying to summit Nanga Parbat.

Nanga Parbat, in northern Pakistan, is the ninth highest mountain in the world.

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