Two British mountaineers who were trapped above 19,000 feet high Ultar Sar Peak near Hunza Valley of Gilgit Baltistan due to snow avalanche, were rescued by Pakistan Army Pilots on Sunday, July 1, 2018, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said on Sunday.
British mountaineers rescued by Pakistan Army Pilots
According to Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor, director general of the ISPR, climbers Bruce Normand and Miller Timothy from the UK were rescued alive; however, Christian Huber from Austria did not survive.
“Pakistan Army pilots in a daring mission rescued 3 foreign mountaineers stuck in snow avalanche at above 19000 feet high Ultar Sar Peak near Hunza. Bruce Normand & Miller Timothy from UK successfully rescued alive while Christian Huber from Austria had succumbed to avalanche.”
The three mountaineers were trying to scale the 7,388 meters high Ultar Sar peak and were sleeping in their tents on Friday when an avalanche hit them, Austrian mountaineer Huber died in the incident while the two other mountaineers were injured but with no danger.
According to Alpine Club of Pakistan (ACP), Ultar peak has claimed a number of lives and seen only a few successful summits.
Photo Courtesy: ISPR