Islamabad: Hopes are fading for three mountaineers who went missing on the world’s second highest mountain K2 in Pakistan as the search operation continues for the third day on Monday.
Pakistan’s celebrated mountaineer Muhammad Ali Sadpara and his fellow climbers, John Snorri of Iceland and Juan Pablo Mohr of Chile, were last in contact with base camp on Friday as they pushed winter summit of the 8,611-metres (28,250ft) high K2 mountain.
Two days of helicopters searches have failed to locate the three climbers, leaving their families and the people of Pakistan heartbroken as they desperately prayed for their safety.
Survival Chances Bleak
Sajid Sadpara, son of Ali Sadpara, who had last seen his father at K2’s treacherous ‘bottleneck’ at around 8300m said the chances of survival were bleak as it is difficult to survive for so long above 8,000m.
Sajid was also part of the winter expedition but turned back on Friday morning after facing trouble with his oxygen system. Sajid believes that Ali Sadpara and team may have summited the K2 and “met an accident on the way back”.