India officials had to try to recover five bodies on Wednesday, which were believed to be members of an international climbing team that was missing in the country's second highest mountain after a rescue helicopter failed to reach them.
All eight climbers are considered dead after they disappeared on May 26 on Nanda Devi East, a notoriously dangerous Himalayan mountain.
Three attempts were made on Wednesday to retrieve them The bodies, but strong winds combined with hard terrain, did not allow the helicopters to reach the spot where five bodies were discovered earlier this week, "the rescue team said Vijay Kumar Jogdande, a civil servant in Uttarakhand State, opposite The Times of India AIN WHERE CLIMBING GROUP ̵
The climbers, led by veteran British climber Martin Moran, set off to reaching the top of a uninhabited, 21,250-foot-high ridge, but lost contact with their base camp after an avalanche swept through a section of the mountain.Nanda Devi East is a twin summit of Nanda Devi, India's second highest mountain, and the two are through a razor-sharp 1.2-mile ridge connected at an altitude of 22,000 feet.
The missing team began their climb to its peak on May 13th. Among them were four Britons, two Americans, one Australian and one Indian liaison officer.
The two Americans were identified as Anthony Sudekum and Ronald Beimel. Sudekum's children told PEOPLE that they were hoping their father could still be alive.
"If he and his teammates were hit by an avalanche, the survivors could be in an unexpected location below the avalanche fan. This could be very difficult under the current circumstances.
The status of the other three climbers is not yet known, but according to Reuters, their bodies are likely to be near the five sighted.
Officials had devised a plan to use helicopters and a ground crew to recover the five bodies discovered at an altitude of 16,404 feet and search for the three other climbers until the conditions made the mission "unfeasible."
The Team According to four members of the expedition, all British nationals who stayed there last contacted the base camp on May 26 and were rescued on Sunday.
MISSING CLIMBERS IN HIMALAYAS AMIT CHOWDHARY, a spokesman for the Indian Mountaineering Foundation, said when the base camp team stopped receiving radio updates from the other expedition team, a person went the next day to search for the missing climbers.
"There was a track of climbers there and the trail ended in an avalanche, with evidence of a very large avalanche," said Chowdhary.
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An expedition on foot was recommended, although Jogdande told The Times of India that extending the bodies could take over a week.
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