Manaslu: 2 climbers rescued on Friday

Posted: May 16, 2011 03:26 am EDT

(Newsdesk) Two climbers were rescued from Manaslu
on Friday May 13 reports

Three French climbers and two Nepalese Sherpa reportedly topped out but got lost on descent.

Swiss Air Zermatt and Nepalese Fishtail Air found one Sherpa and one of the French team members at 5900 meter between Camp I and Camp II. The mountaineers were airlifted with a sling operation. A search for the remaining mountaineers is planned for tomorrow.

The air operation kicked off in Nepal last year and was an immediate success. A large number of mountaineers were rescued in spectacular high altitude missions. On November 7 one of the pilot rescuers lost his own life while trying to save yet another mountaineer on Ama Dablam. A 2010 ExplorersWeb Award therefore went to Sabin Basnyat and the brave crews of Fishtail Air and Air Zermatt.

The current Manaslu mission was performed by Captain Siddartha Gurung, Captain Ashish Sherchan and Captain Gerold Biner along with rescue technicians Tshering Pande Bhote and Bruno Jelk.

Fishtail Air is a private helicopter charter company in Nepal specializing in Human Sling Operation. For more information please visit

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Lat week Captain Ashish Sherchan (Fishtail Air/Nepal) and Captain Daniel Aufdenblatten (Air Zermatt/Switzerland) also recovered the remains of a Korean climber who perished on Manaslu last year.
Image by Fishtail Air courtesy Fishtail Air, SOURCE