Rescuers reach bodies of missing British climbers

Rescuers have reached the bodies of seven of eight climbers after a British-led team went missing in the Himalayas, an Indian official has said.

Veteran British mountaineer Martin Moran led the group of four Britons, two Americans, an Australian and an Indian on the expedition on Nanda Devi East.

Mr Moran’s Scotland-based company said contact with the team was lost on 26 May following an avalanche.

Vijay Jogdande, an administrator of Uttarakhand state, has said the bodies have yet to be identified.

Paramilitary soldiers have formed part of ground expeditions after helicopter missions failed to reach the area.

The bodies will now be brought from where they were found at an altitude of more than 5,000 metres (16,400 feet) to the base camp.

The group were scaling Nanda Devi, India’s second highest peak, and were due to return to their base camp in Munsiyari at end of May after a 17-day expedition.

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Source: SKY NEWS

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