Pakistan Army rescues injured Japanese climber from Broad Peak two days after avalanche

Climber Sumiyo Tsuzuki had badly injured her ankle during an avalanche on the world's 12th highest peak

Web Desk July 22, 2015
Patxi Goñi (L) with Japanese climber Sumiyo Tsuzuki (R) at Broad Peak base camp. PHOTO: COURTESY PATXI GONI

Pakistan Army on Wednesday afternoon evacuated a Japanese mountaineer who had been injured during an avalanche on Broad Peak in the Karakoram mountain range in northern Pakistan.

According to a statement from the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) on Wednesday, helicopters from the military’s aviation wing, managed to evacuate Sumiyo Tsuzuki. She was part of an international expedition including Spanish and Nepali climbers in a team led by Oscar Cadiach.

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Tsuzuki was climbing on Broad Peak (8,051m) along with six other climbers on July 20 when an avalanche below camp 1 (5,300m) caught them. Her ankle was broken and had to be lowered down by other climbers and received some medical attention in base camp, including an emergency surgery, said climber Patxi Goñi.

She along with a Nepali Sherpa had been injured in the avalanche, while a Pakistani high altitude porter was lost under it.

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The army had tried to send a helicopter on July 20 and July 21, but bad weather foiled those plans. Finally, the helicopter was able to reach the base camp on Wednesday, and she was shifted to CMH Skardu.

This is third rescue mission of foreign climbers by army aviation in the last two weeks.


Shery | 8 years ago | Reply Great Work,, full attention and love to our guest climbers..
Fawad Ali Khan Utmanzai | 8 years ago | Reply And that's why we Salute our Army. Long Live Pakistan Army.
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