Polish mountain climbers rescue French woman from eight-thousander
PR dla Zagranicy
Polish climbers have brought down France's Elisabeth Revol to the first camp on Nanga Parbat located at 4,850 metres, Michał Leksiński, a spokesman for the Polish Mountaineering Association, has said.
Poles Adam Bielecki and Denis Urubko managed to reach Revol in eight hours. They were flown by helicopter to Nanga Parbat, in northwestern Pakistan, the ninth-tallest mountain in the world, from K2.
A team of Poles is trying to tackle K2, the last of the eight-thousanders yet to be climbed in winter.
A helicopter has taken Revol to Islamabad for treatment. Revol suffered severe frostbite on her legs and hands.
Revol's climbing partner, Pole Tomasz Mackiewicz, is still stranded at 7,400 metres above sea level on the 8,126-metre tall Nanga Parbat.
The Pole has suffered snow blindness and frostbite and is in a critical condition. There has been no contact with him for two days. Due to adverse weather conditions a rescue operation to save Mackiewicz could not be carried out.
Mackiewicz’s only chance for survival was the Polish team that came for Revol and him, said Polish expedition coordinator Janusz Majer.
“Unfortunately, the weather conditions are getting worse, the wind is blowing at 80 kilometres per hour,” Majer said. “Forecasts are less than optimistic, more snowfall is expected in the evening, even a snowstorm. In this situation a rescue operation for Tomasz is out of the question,” Majer added. (aba/pk)
Source: IAR, sport.pl