No trace found of missing Sadpara, two others on Day 2 of aerial search


Islamabad: The aerial rescue operation to locate three missing climbers, including Pakistan’s Muhammad Ali Sadpara, continued for the second day on Sunday.

However, no trace has been found yet of Sadpara, John Snorri from Iceland and MP Mohr from Chile, who went missing while attempting to summit the world’s second-highest mountain K2.

Two army helicopters flew to their maximum limit of 7,800 metres for a second time and conducted an aerial search for an hour to locate the missing climbers.

Two teams took part in the search operation, including one aboard a Pakistan Army helicopter while the other scouring the K2 route the mountaineers had taken.

Local mountaineers and porters are part of the teams looking for the three missing climbers.

After the search operation, Ali’s son Sajid Sadpara was airlifted to Skardu where commissioner Baltistan Shuja Alam and deputy commissioner Skardu Karim Dad Chughtai received him.

Note, Sajid Sadpara was also part of the winter expenditure team. He arrived at K2 base camp on Saturday evening as he was sent back from 8200 kilometers altitude owing to a malfunction in his oxygen regulator.