Wed, Aug 10, 2005
Pakistani Helicopter Snags Climber at 19,500 Feet
It's thought to be the highest-altitude mountain rescue in
history -- a Pakistani Mi-8 climbed to approximately 19,500 feet to
rescue Slovenian climber Tomaz Humar from a cliff on Nanga
It was the end of a 72-hour life-or-death ordeal for Humar, who
has made a number of attempts to climb the mountain. It's
considered one of the most dangerous peaks in the Himalayas and the
path Humar had taken has never been successfully climbed.
"We've been worried all along. He reported his sleeping bag and
clothing getting wet and he says he's very cold at night," Nazir
Sabir told the BBC Wednesday.
Humar had been trapped on the mountain by bad weather. As he was
being pulled from the cliff by a rope attached to one of two Mi-8s
that had been dispatched by the Pakistani Army, his own rope,
attached to the mountainside, became snagged. Humar had to cut it
before he could be lifted down the mountainside to his base
"He is absolutely all right," military spokesman Col Atique
Rehman told Reuters.
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