Indian Air Force helicopters have spotted the bodies of eight mountaineers who went missing on way to the 7,434-metre-high Nanda Devi East peak in Uttarakhand. The eight-member team consisting of climbers from the US, UK and Australia went missing en route to the Nanda Devi East peak on May 25.
All the eight bodies were sighted near an unscaled peak adjoining the Nanda Devi East peak, during an air search by Air Force helicopters.
Bad news:— Manish Prasad (@manishindiatv) June 3, 2019
Equipment/ Backpack and bodies seen in open/ partially buried in snow through aerial view (Helicopter) today near the un climbed peak where the 8 missing #mountaineers who were reported heading towards #NandaDevi East at around 20000 ft.@indiatvnews @ITBP_official pic.twitter.com/A4sFPOF3yP
Here are the names of the mountaineers who have been found dead:
Martin Moran- Expedition Leader
John Mclaren, UK national
Rupert Whewell, UK national
Richard Payne, UK national
Anthony Sudekum, US national
Ronald Beimel, US national
Ruth McCance, Australia
Chetan Pandey, Indian Mountaineering Foundation
Earlier on Monday, the authorities managed to rescue four other climbers from UK, stuck up near base camp of Nanda Devi East peak in Pithoragarh. They were spotted 21 kilometers beyond the base camp and rescued during a sortie undertaken to locate the missing eight-member team led by well known UK climber Martin Moran.
The route to the peak begins from Munsiyari about 132 km from the district headquarters.