Bodies of three Indian climbers retrieved from Mount Everest, airlifted to Kathmandu

Faith Castro
May 29, 2017

Ravi Kumar went missing recently and his body was spotted inside a crevice last week.

"The other two bodies have been identified as that of Paresh Nath and Gautam Ghosh, both from West Bengal".

The bodies of two other climbers who died past year were also brought to Kathmandu on Sunday. The body will be sent for post-mortem on Monday and then flown to New Delhi after completing formalities involving Nepalese police and the Indian embassy there.

After the crash, two helicopters were put on standby in Lukla to airlift the injured to Kathmandu for treatment, an official told the Himalayan Times, but the choppers were unable to transport the co-pilot due to the poor climactic conditions that had contributed to the initial crash.

Nath and Gosh, who had reached in camp-4 on March 15 previous year, were found buried under snow.

They died a year ago but their remains could not be moved due to bad weather, according to tourism department officials. Located at an altitude of 8,400 metres, the Balcony is notorious for its precariously balanced ice, low temperatures and thin air.

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His brother Manoj Kumar received the body at a hospital in Kathmandu.

On Wednesday, bodies of four climbers, including two foreigners and a woman, were found at a high altitude camp on Mt Everest, taking the total number of fatalities on the world's tallest peak to 10 this season.

Two deadly plane crashes previous year claimed at least 25 lives, the first when a passenger plane slammed into a mountainside and the second when a small aircraft crash-landed killing the two pilots.

At least 382 climbers have successfully reached the summit from the south side in Nepal so far this season, with another 120 doing so from the Tibet side.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.

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