Two Polish climbers die in Himalayas
PR dla Zagranicy
Two Polish climbers have died while scaling the Shivling peak in the Garhwal Himalayas in northern India, officials have said.
Grzegorz Kukurowski, pictured in 2009. Photo: PAP/Lech Muszyński
Grzegorz Kukurowski lost consciousness and died while camping at an altitude of 6,300 meters.
Fellow climber Łukasz Chrzanowski fell and slid several hundred meters into a crevice.
Piotr Pustelnik, president of the Polish Mountaineering Association, said Chrzanowski was still alive when a two-man rescue team reached him.
A helicopter was called out but the climber died before further help arrived.
Pustelnik said both climbers were experienced mountaineers. They were part of an eight-strong Polish expedition scaling the Shivling peak, which is over 6,500 metres high.