Missing European Climbers Found Dead On Nanga Parbat
Two European climbers who had gone missing nearly two weeks ago while trying to climb Nanga Parbat have been confirmed dead.
The reports of deaths were confirmed by Italy’s Ambassador to Pakistan Stefano Pontecorvo.
While confirming the death, Stefano tweeted: “The search for Italian Daniele Nardi and Briton Tom Ballard ended after their bodies were found at a height of about 5,900 metres on Nanga Parbat.”
“With great sadness I inform that the search for @NardiDaniele and Tom Ballard is over as … the search team have confirmed that the silhouettes spotted on Mummery at about 5,900 meters are those of Daniele and Tom. R.I.P. #NangaParbat.”
With great sadness I inform that the search for ?? @NardiDaniele and ?? Tom Ballard is over as @AlexTxikon and the search team have confirmed that the silhouettes spotted on Mummery at about 5900 meters are those of Daniele and Tom. R.I.P. #NangaParbat pic.twitter.com/vBmsRKJgKC
— Stefano Pontecorvo (@pontecorvoste) March 9, 2019
On February 24, both climbers had lost contact with the base camp while trying to scale the 8,126-metre summit, the world’s ninth-highest peak in the Gilgit Baltistan region of Pakistan. Nardi and Ballard were at more than 6,000 metres when had gone missing.
Pakistani authorities tried their best to do all they could with dispatching helicopters carrying four rescuers led by Spanish mountaineer Alex Txikon but were unable to save the climbers.