Latest Rescue Update from K2.
Families of missing climbers Muhammad Ali Sadpara of Pakistan, John Snorri of Iceland, and JP Mohr of Chile. A ‘virtual base camp’ has been set up for this purpose.
The virtual camp was organized by Rao Ahmed, a longtime friend of Ali Sadpara, his son Sajid Sadpara and Vanessa O’Brien, a British-American mountaineer who is also serving as a goodwill ambassador for Pakistan. She also summited K2 with John Snorri.
Speaking to the media and press, Vanessa said that despite six helicopter flights with vertical and horizontal coverage, no signs of accidents or bodies were seen.
She says they are very smart climbers, they have fuel to meltwater, the three of them must have built a shelter together.
“If they’ve built a snow shelter or a cave (which is more likely) then obviously they can’t be seen and that’s why we’ve partnered with the Icelandic Space Agency because of their technology. Through day or night, rain or wind, you can see from top to bottom.”
What technology is being used for search and rescue for the first time?
Vanessa O’Brien details the technical support used in the virtual camp. She says it is a large mountainous area but has the support of Iceland’s ICEYE technology. This technology provides permanent monitoring of Icelandic radar satellite imaging.
They have received high-resolution satellite images from ICEYE that have not been used in any rescue operations before today. The images also helped to see areas where helicopter access had not yet been possible due to bad weather and cold winds.
According to Vanessa, this data, with the help of climbers’ equipment and eyewitness interviews, has created a timeline of possible locations of missing climbers during the summit to facilitate search and rescue efforts. Can be continued in a better way.
He said that the operations of the virtual camp were being carried out with the help of Pakistan Analytical and Colonel Hassan Aftab. While high altitude porters Imtiaz, Akbar, Fazal Ali, and Jalal were also continuously assisting the search operation despite severe fatigue and difficulties.
Compensation for search and rescue is 32 3,200 an hour, according to the military aviation website.
In a press release issued by Vanessa O’Brien, the families of the missing climbers have requested the Pakistani government and army to continue the rescue mission. In this regard, the spokesman of ISPR said that this rescue mission will continue till they are found. He said the Pakistan Army would use all available resources (including all kinds of modern equipment) to search for the missing climbers.
Missing climbers Ali Sadpara, John Snorri, and Juan Pablo Mohr have officially been declared dead in a press conference attended by the families of the climbers in Skardu. Gilgit-Baltistan Toursim Minister Raja Nasir Ali Khan and Ali Sadpara’s son, Sajid Sadpara were also present at the briefing.
Rest in eternal peace to the legendary mountaineers Muhammad Ali Sadpara (Pakistan), John Snorri (Iceland), and Juan Pablo (Chile). Finally, today on 18 February 2021 famous mountainer and son of Ali Sadpara in a press conference confirmed the death of his father Ali Sadpara.