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Everest avalanche: Search mission called off citing 'too much risk'

- Ekantipur Report

Everest avalanche.

KATHMANDU, APR 20 - The search and rescue mission has called off the Everest avalanche operation stating 'too much risk' involved. The meeting of various expedition operating agencies and guide associations on Saturday night declared not to conduct the search mission as it was almost impossible to retrieve the three remaining bodies buried underneath the snow.

Officials at the Everest Base Camp said that the bodies were buried around 80-100 meters. In addition, there was continuous snowfall yesterday night.

Sixteen high-altitude Sherpa guides including base camp cooks had perished in an avalanche on Friday morning, the deadliest mountaineering accident ever on the world’s highest peak. Of the total, 13 bodies have been retrieved so far. Two amongst the nine injured are in stable condition while the others are receiving treatment in the Capital. All mountaineering activities at the Everest base camp has been stopped since Friday.

The search and rescue mission comprising nine high-altitude Sherpa guides and three foreigners had retrieved one more body from Friday’s avalanche site at the Everest base camp on Saturday.

The team had pulled out the body of Dorjee Khatri of Taplejung from the snow rubble after three hours of search which was stymied by bad weather.


Posted on: 2014-04-20 06:04