Search and rescue operations have resumed today for Ali Sadpara, John Snorri, and JP Mohr; the three mountaineers who went missing on Friday evening. However, officials reveal that chances of survival at an altitude of over 8000 meters are enormously low and that a normal human body can survive in the death zone of K2 for approximately 20 hours.
Sadpara, along with the other climbers, has been missing for over 60 hours.
Sajid Ali, Ali Sadpara’s son, arrived in Skardu on Sunday, discussing matters related to his father’s operation.
Chhang Dawa Sherpa, expedition manager from the K2 base camp, revealed today, that the rescue team was able to make search flights covering 7000 meters, with two Army helicopters and with the assistance of the army aviation’s squadron pilots.
“Lakpa Dendi and I went through the areas that we were aware of to locate the missing climbers Ali, John Snorri, and Juan Pablo Mohr in K2. We had less visibility as the upper mountain was covered with clouds. For the last three days, the pilots did a great job, exceeding their limits, but we can’t find any clues there,” he stated.
“The team is waiting for permissible weather and a greater search possibility. We are grateful and thankful to the Pakistani Army, Pakistan’s Foreign Office, MFA Iceland, Simone Moro, Venessa O’Brien, and all the ground admin team for their support,” he added.
Pakistani mountaineer Muhammad Ali Sadpara, on an expedition to conquer an 8,611-metre high K2 in winter, lost contact with his team members on Friday, as he embarked on a mission to rewrite mountaineering history.
While launching the final attempt after midnight, Sadpara tweeted that it could take up to 14 hours to reach the top.