Annapurna: Chopper unable to find Tolo, injured climbers airlifted back to BC

Posted: Apr 29, 2010 05:58 am EDT

(Madrid) Bad news from Annapurna: Air Zermatt/Fishtail Air chopper was unable to find missing climber Tolo Calafat on an aerial search, Horia Colibasanu home team just reported. Climbers who set off from C4 in the early morning were neither successful. At some point, Calafat had stopped answering radio calls.

Juanito Oiarzabal, Carlos Pauner and Horia have been airlifted back to BC. Horia reportedly felt sick during the night.

Details are still sketchy: thus, there is no news on Tolo's Sherpa (there are now contradictions about the sherpa identity), who set off from C4 yesterday with supplies and some O2 towards the stranded climber. Further news is expected soon.

Update 0:26am, Mountain Time: Nick Rice report

The B3 chopper arrived shortly after 7:00am with two Swiss rescue workers, Nick Rice reported. The craft was unloaded and doors ans seats taken away to minimize the weight. Then it made one 10 min-long search flight and returned to pick Jorge Egocheaga (and apparently dropped him off). "Tolo appeared to be under the snow and we have had no radio contact. The crew showed Jorge how to work the sling that would be used to pick up the injured climbers from below Camp IV (Carlos, Juanito, and Horia)."

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Image by Ferran Latorre courtesy Al Filo de lo Imposible - TVE, SOURCE

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