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India Launches 'Very High Risk’ Mission to Bring Back Bodies of Missing Mountaineers in Nanda Devi

India | Associated Press | June 6, 2019, 10:55 am
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 Indian officials are working on a plan to retrieve five bodies believed to be mountaineers from a team of international climbers that went missing on a notoriously dangerous Himalayan mountain. Local officials say all eight of the climbers that disappeared May 26 on Nanda Devi East are presumed dead, and the five bodies photographed by air Monday are thought to be from the missing expedition. The missing team includes four Britons, two Americans, an Australian and an Indian liaison officer. In this photo provided by the Indo Tibetan Border Police force or ITBP, shows ITBP officers inside a helicopter that attempted to rescue and retrieve the bodies of international climbers, in Pithoragarh, Uttarakhand. (Image: AP)

Indian officials are working on a plan to retrieve five bodies believed to be mountaineers from a team of international climbers that went missing on a notoriously dangerous Himalayan mountain. Local officials say all eight of the climbers that disappeared May 26 on Nanda Devi East are presumed dead, and the five bodies photographed by air Monday are thought to be from the missing expedition. The missing team includes four Britons, two Americans, an Australian and an Indian liaison officer. In this photo provided by the Indo Tibetan Border Police force or ITBP, shows ITBP officers inside a helicopter that attempted to rescue and retrieve the bodies of international climbers, in Pithoragarh, Uttarakhand. (Image: AP)

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 In this photo provided by the Indo Tibetan Border Police force or ITBP, a senior officer ITBP wishes the best luck to the team of their soldiers before they set to leave to rescue and retrieve the bodies of international climbers, in Pithoragarh, Uttarakhand. (Image: AP)

In this photo provided by the Indo Tibetan Border Police force or ITBP, a senior officer ITBP wishes the best luck to the team of their soldiers before they set to leave to rescue and retrieve the bodies of international climbers, in Pithoragarh, Uttarakhand. (Image: AP)

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 ITBP trekkers and Air Force personnel took off from Munsyari to join in the search operation of missing foreign tourists at Nanda Devi Base Camp. (Image: ITBP)

ITBP trekkers and Air Force personnel took off from Munsyari to join in the search operation of missing foreign tourists at Nanda Devi Base Camp. (Image: ITBP)

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 Nanda Devi peaks which are connected with a razor sharp ridge with a distance of around 2 kilometres running at approximately 6666m height or 22,000 feet., seen from Chaukori in Uttarakhand. (Image: NPS Photo / Claire Abendroth)

Nanda Devi peaks which are connected with a razor sharp ridge with a distance of around 2 kilometres running at approximately 6666m height or 22,000 feet., seen from Chaukori in Uttarakhand. (Image: NPS Photo / Claire Abendroth)

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 Climbers Anthony Sudekum, Rupert Whewell, Mark Thomas, Matt Powell, Kate Armstrong, Martin Moran, Richard Payne, John McLaren, Ruth McCance, Ronald Beimel, Ian Wade, Zachary Quain and Chetan Pandey, Liaison Officer of Indian Mountaineering Foundation pose for a picture before leaving for their expedition in Munsiyari town in the northern Himalayan state of Uttarakhand. (Image: Reuters)

Climbers Anthony Sudekum, Rupert Whewell, Mark Thomas, Matt Powell, Kate Armstrong, Martin Moran, Richard Payne, John McLaren, Ruth McCance, Ronald Beimel, Ian Wade, Zachary Quain and Chetan Pandey, Liaison Officer of Indian Mountaineering Foundation pose for a picture before leaving for their expedition in Munsiyari town in the northern Himalayan state of Uttarakhand. (Image: Reuters)

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