PAF F - 16 jets photographic technology survey to be used to trace missing mountaineers
SKARDU – The Pakistan Army has decided to launch a photographic survey from F-16 jets as it continues to search for missing mountaineers.
Earlier on Sunday, it was revealed that the recovered sleeping bag and tents do not belong to any of the climbers.
Vanessa O’Brien, the British-American climber said Pakistan’s Goodwill Ambassador had been coordinating through a virtual base camp. A press conference will be held today, she added.
A press release issue cited, "three of the missing mountaineers have 13 children, Ali Sadpara (4), John Snorri (6), and Juan Pablo Mohr (3), and I know they all felt loved by their families. Please give these families time, space, and compassion."
“It has been nine long days. If climbing the world's second tallest mountain in winter is hard, finding those missing is even more of a challenge. We have scrutinised satellite images, used SAR technology, scanned hundreds of pictures, plotted more points, re-read summit plans, and checked testimonials and timings. We engaged specialists who offered their expertise, and with devoted support from Pakistani, Icelandic, and Chilean authorities, an unprecedented search in the history of mountaineering has been ongoing,” the press release further added.
Ali Sadpara went missing along with Iceland's John Snorri and Chile's Juan Pablo Mohr while returning from their successful climb of K2, a feat that they accomplished without an oxygen supply. K2 is the world's second-highest peak at 8,611m (28,251 ft) and also reputedly the deadliest.
Mohammad Ali Sadpara remained the only Pakistani to have climbed 8 of the world's 14 highest mountains. He also holds the record for the first-ever winter ascent of the world's ninth highest peak, Nanga Parbat.
He will be remembered as a versatile climber, and a national hero in Pakistan.