Chinese Expedition Team Rescued from Dhaulagiri(8167m)
A joint team of Air Zermatt and Fishtail Air rescued members of a Chinese expedition team from Dhaulagiri on 16th May. The team had received an appeal for rescue on 14th May. A team of 8 Chinese climbers and 6 sherpas were stranded at 7,500m. and needed to be air lifted. The rescue team tried to reach the stranded climbers on May 15th but had to abort their mission owing to bad weather.
On 16th May at 7:00AM the rescue team flew to Dhaulagiri base camp with 4 sherpas on two Fishtail Air helicopters. A Chinese climber had already perished in Camp 3. His dead body was brought down by sherpas to Camp 2 and from there it was air lifted. the rest of the climbers were rescued from Base Camp. Swiss Mountain Guide Bruno Jelk and Fishtail Air’s technician Purna Awale helped the exhausted climbers to be airlifted, while Capt. Sabin Basnyat flew in succession, all the climbers and rescuers back from North East- Col of the mountain in four flights to the base camp. Altogether five members of the Chinese expedition team were flown to Phokara and then to Kathmandu, where they are undergoing medical treatment. The Sherpas suffered from frostbite, but could remain in the Base Camp.
Camp 3- Dhaulagiri V
Short Haul (6800m)
(L- R) Bruno Jelk, Capt. Sabin Basnyat & Gerold Biner – Dhaulagiri Base Camp
Helping the climbers – Purna Awale
(Pics Courtesy: Gerold Biner)
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