Miss­ing moun­taineers are feared dead

The Star Early Edition - - WORLD -

IS­LAM­ABAD: Pak­istani au­thor­i­ties be­lieve that two moun­taineers, a Spa­niard and an Ar­gen­tinian, miss­ing for over a week in Pak­istan’s northern Hi­malayan moun­tains per­ished in an avalanche, of­fi­cials said yes­ter­day.

Al­berto Zerain Berasategi from Spain and Mar­i­ano Gal­van from Ar­gentina were last heard from on June 23 while at the 6 100m base of Nanga Par­bat, the world’s ninth­high­est moun­tain, said Kar­rar Haidri, spokesman for the Alpine Club of Pak­istan. “The spot they were be­lieved to be in has been struck by a large avalanche and heli­copter res­cue of­fi­cials said (sur­vival) ap­pears un­likely.”

Res­cue op­er­a­tions were called off on Satur­day. Both were ex­pe­ri­enced climbers. Zerain had scaled the world’s two tallest moun­tains, Ever­est and K2.

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