GI watch Sunday UPDATE: Search & rescue choppers cancelled

Posted: Mar 11, 2012 01:15 pm EDT

(Angela Benavides/update Mar 11, 2012 03:15 am EDT by Karrar Haidri) Today's helicopter flight was cancelled due to bad weather. Once airborne, the rescue team will carry Hassan Sadpara (Mount Everest Summiteer), Ali Raza Sadpara and Nazir Sadpara to aid in the search.

Previous news

There is still no news from Gerfried Goschl, Nisar Hussain and Cedric Hahlen, missing since Friday on winter GI. Ed note: the missing is not Cedric Larcher (, as has been erroneously stated. Climbers in BC have asked for aerial rescue: two choppers, expected to arrive around noon today, are on the way to search along the mountain flanks.

"Alex will get in the chopper and help in searching labors," the Basque climber's home team stated.

"The skies were clear early in the morning today, when we asked for the choppers," Alex said over sat phone. "I am concerned now, since it's already noon and the clouds are piling up again."

Alex also confirmed that Tamara Stys is back in BC, where she finally arrived yesterday. She is reportedly suffering from some frostbites.

No time to celebrate for Polish summiteers

"We are met in BC, managing the current emergency situation," Polish team leader Artur Hajzer told ExplorersWeb on the Sat-Phone yesterday. "There is not much we can do now, though, due to very bad weather," he said.

The Polish team reached back BC at 4:00pm, local time Saturday. Both summiteers had frostnip on their nose and Adam also sustains a frostbitten toe.

While world media praise the Poles and the new addition to their national score on winter Himalayan firsts, there was no mood for celebration in BC. There's been no news from Gerfried Goschl, Cedric Hahlen and Nisar Hussain in the last 36 hours. "We don't even know on which side of the mountain they may be," Artur said.

Gerfried Goschl (Austria), Nisar Hussain (Pakistan) and Cedric Hahlen (Switzerland) were last seen on their way to the summit from a new route on the peak's south side, on Friday morning.
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Helicopter in a Karakoram BC (K2's).
courtesy K2 winter Russian expedition, SOURCE