Hungarian mountaineer goes missing on Trishul mountain
Rescue mission underway
A 10 member team of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) is conducting search and rescue operations for a missing mountaineer at the Trishul mountain in Chamoli district. The missing mountaineer is native of Hungary and was reportedly hit by an avalanche. Chamoli district magistrate Swati Bhadauriya said that the NDRF team along with local forest rangers had already reached the base camp. The State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) was informed about the rescue mission on Monday; they will be sending their high altitude specialist for the operation on Tuesday.
According to the information provided by SDRF, the missing mountaineer has been identified as Peter Wittek. He is part of a six-member Singaporean-Vietnamese-Hungarian-Mauritian expedition which was planning to trek to the Trishul mountain. The Hungarian mountaineer reportedly went missing from camp II.
DM Bhaduariya said, “We received information about the missing mountaineer from the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). Soon after that the rescue teams were informed who planned to follow the route by which they might have gone, as there are three possible routes. By then we got information that they took the Sutoli route, which is situated near Ghat and the base camp is just few kilometres away from there. The 10-member NDRF team along with local forest rangers are already out for the search and rescue mission.
Superintendent of Police (Commandant) SDRF, Tripti Bhatt said, “Our eight member high altitude rescue team will be joining the rescue operation. Some of them have already reached Nandprayag while the others will start their journey on Tuesday. The team is highly capable in conducting rescue missions and some of them are already familiar with the conditions of this mountain as they went there earlier this month.”
Tuesday, 01 October 2019 | PNS | Dehradun
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