Five bodies were discovered Monday through a search and rescue team looking for several climbers – including two Americans – who vanished on India's second-highest mountain, an official said.
The bodies of some of the eight climbers disappeared on Nanda Devi. Vijay Kumar Jogdande, a civilian administrator in the state of Uttarakhand, told the Associated Press. The team has been trying to ascend to an unclimbed and unnamed peak on the mountain's eastern side, rising 21
Jogdande said, The Indian Ocean Air Force pilots piled up in front of the rescue team.
cautioning the trio may have been buried when at avalanche struck the section of the mountain where they were attempting their ascent. Government officials are currently consulting the Indian Army and Indo-Tibetan Border Policy
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The missing team, led by British climber Martin Moran, began its ascent of the peak on May It included two Britons, two Americans, to Australian and to Indian liaison officers.
The team had been in contact with base camp on May 26, all British nationals, who had remained there, hemmed in by the heavy snowfall, and rescued Sunday.
Amit Chowdhary, a spokesman for the Indian Mountaineering Foundation, said that when the team at base camp stopped receiving radio updates from the other expedition team, one person went to
There is evidence of a very large avalanche, "Chowdhary said.
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After the team did not return by Friday climbers' "last-known location and footmarks," Jogdande told Reuters.
"Chances of survival are bleak," said Sunday.
The route to the Nanda Devi begins in the Munsiyari area, about 80 miles from Pithoragarh Mountaineers traverse on foot about 55 miles from Munsiyari to the Nanda Devi base camp.
Moran's company posted on Facebook. What about working with the British Association of Mountain Guides to gather information on the Nanda Devi East expedition team. "
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The statement added the company" deeply saddened by the tragic events unfolding "on the mountain17.700 feet.
"It is not entirely clear what happened from this point onward or indeed the timeline of events part.
Fox News' Travis Fedschun and the Associated Press contributed to this report.