Fishtail Air’s Rescue Operation in Manaslu Himal

Fishtail Air’s Rescue Operation in Manaslu Himal

Posted Apr 28th, 2010 under Company News,

Fishtail Air & Air Zermatt pull off yet another difficult rescue operation

On Monday, 26th April, Fishtail Air & Air Zermatt’s rescue team evacuated seven members of a Korean expedition team from Mt.Manaslu(8,163m).The team comprising of pilot Capt. Sabin Basnyat, and rescue specialists from Air Zermatt, Richi Lehner and Dany Aufdenblatten left Kathmandu at 6:30 AM for Manaslu Base Camp. From above the Base Camp, the team saw, four people at Camp 2 at 6,200 meters and three people at about 200 meters away, moving slowly towards the camp. The rescue team took four rotations to rescue the very exhausted and frostbitten Korean Climbers and Sherpas. After arriving at a stopover, a second helicopter flew the rescued climbers to Kathmandu, while Dany, Sabin and a cameraman from Swiss TV ( who was recording for a documentary), went back to look for the remaining two climbers. They finally spied the lifeless body of one climber at an altitude of 7000 meters in a flank. The body of the other climber could not be located. Due to the height and steep terrain the body of the dead climber could not be recovered.

Mount Manaslu

Mt.Manaslu (8,163m)

Fishtail Rescue Operation in Manaslu

Onboard – Some of the rescued climbers

Rescue specialists from Air Zermatt

Rescue Specialists – Richi Lehner & Dany Aufdenblatten

Fishtail Rescue Operation in Manaslu

Fishtail Air – On rescue mission (Manaslu)

Pics Courtesy: Richi Lehner & Dany Aufdenblatten

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