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Thomas Laemmle's final opinion: "I strongly believe none of the three Iranian climbers is alive anymore, due to the high altitude where they are now for one week and dehydration." Image: Aidin Bozorgi, Pouya Keivan and Mojtaba Jarahi (not necessarily in that order in the image)
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Laemmle: "I asked for 3 bottles of oxygen, 2 masks and 2 regulators. My idea was to climb up to [the live] mountaineer, give him a dexamethason injection and oxygen and descend with him to 6500 m where the helicopters could pick us up. "
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July 21: "I was waiting in my downsuit until 8:00 am when two Ecureuil AStar AS 350 helicopters from the Pakistan army landed (the best high altitude SAR helicopters). "
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"We got the coordinates of the last phone call from Thuraya / UAE. With Google earth we found the location on the mountain and again checked my photos - nothing. It looked like the climbers took the wrong ridge down from rocky summit of BP. "
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July 21: The last call was made at around 7500m in a rocky area on the Pakistani side of the mountain.
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July 23: "We do have two clues where the bodies might be: 1) last Thuraya phone call and 2) yellow spot on a photo."
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July 23: "there is no chance to evacuate their bodies because they are far away from the normal route in an altitude of minimum 7500 m. Helicopters will only evacuate people/bodies up to 5800m. Higher up everything has to be done by humans."
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"The climber from Iran who did the last call told his home team that he is off the normal route surrounded by rocks but could see the tent of Camp 3. "
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"I believe as a mountaineer these three climbers don't want to risk someone's life to get their dead bodies down."
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Iranian route from C3 to Summit on Broad Peak (Green line on the left is Normal route, whereas green line on right depicts Denis Urubko & Serguey Samoilov 2005 line of ascent).
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Laemmle: "Two porters found the Iranian flag on top of the main summit. Therefore the Iranian route on BP was successfully completed by the three climbers. It seems they took the wrong ridge down the rocky summit - the only mistake they made!"
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Iranian route on Broad Peak completed - Thomas Laemmle's search operation

Posted: Jul 26, 2013 09:01 pm EDT

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(Newsdesk) In 2009, Iranian climbers attempted to conquer Broad Peak via a new route from the Southwest Face. This year, Iranians Aidin Bozorgi, Pouya Keivan and Mojtaba Jarahi reached the summit via the new route on July 16th. The descent proofed more complicated than expected and they called for help when they were not able to return to Camp 3. In the subsequent search and rescue (SAR) operation Thomas Laemmle, the Amical alpin leader, was asked to help. Today...

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