Pak Army rescues two British mountaineers from Koee Broghail Glacier in Chitral

The mountaineers slipped from the glacier at a height of 14,000ft when he was returning to camp


News Desk October 01, 2019
According to Deputy Commissioner Chitral, the rescued British citizens identified as citizens John James and William Tayler had been flown to Mastuj valley through army helicopter. PHOTO. RADIO PAKISTAN

Pakistan Army on Tuesday rescued two British mountaineers from Koee Broghail Glacier in Chitral.

The mountaineers had reportedly slipped from the glacier at a height of 14,000ft. According to Deputy Commissioner Chitral, the rescued British citizens— John James and William Tayler— had been flown to Mastuj valley through an army helicopter.

Earlier in July, military helicopters had rescued an Italian climber 48 hours after he suffered serious injuries in a fall in the northern Karakoram mountains.

Francesco Cassardo, a 30-year-old doctor from the northern Piedmont region, gave up on reaching the 6,955-metre summit of Gasherbrum VII and was returning to base camp when he fell.

Pakistan Army rescues injured Italian after 48 hours on peak

Climbing companion Carlo Alberto Cimenti, 43, said Cassardo had hit several rocks before stopping at around 6,300 metres.

The army said that Cassardo has “a broken femur as well as neck trauma”.

Rescue helicopters were unable to reach Cassardo over the weekend, citing rarefied air because of higher temperatures at high altitude.

Four climbers from Poland and Canada arrived to help, bringing the injured climber down to base camp at 5,900 metres on an improvised stretcher.

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