KATHMANDU: Five climbers were rescued on Monday after an avalanche swept away their tents and killed nine of their companions in Nepal ahead of a final push on one of the world’s highest mountains, police said.
“We were able to rescue five more,” said local police chief Basanta Bahadur Kunwar, adding he had no information on the nationality of those rescued.
Three still missing after deadly Nepal avalanche: police
“We have now stopped helicopter rescue operations. Two French and a Canadian mountaineer are still missing. Sherpa guides are in the mountains searching for them,” said district police chief Basanta Bahadur Kunwar.
Nepal’s tourism board had earlier put the missing figure at seven, but police said four of those were among 13 already rescued on Sunday.
Kunwar said five mountaineers had been airlifted from among the survivors at Manaslu base camp Sunday and were being treated in Kathmandu.
“The other eight mountaineers who are at the base camp have not sustained any injuries. They have said they will either walk down or will make an attempt to reach the peak again and have told officials that they should not be rescued.”