Tom Ballard: Full-scale search bid for two missing climbers

Tom Ballard: Full-scale search bid for two missing climbers

Tom Ballard and Daniele Nardi before their last contact with their team A full-scale search and rescue operation is under way for two climbers, one British and one Italian, missing on a mountain in Pakistan. Tom Ballard, who is originally from Derbyshire, and Daniele Nardi, last made contact from Nanga Parbat last month after sighting avalanche traces. Tensions between Pakistan and India and poor flying weather delayed rescuers but visibility has since improved. Spanish and Pakistani high altitude teams are leading the search. One of the teams is piloting a drone to scour the route, while the others will trace the men’s steps on foot. Pakistani military helicopters will airlift the rescuers to the “Killer Mountain” to resume the search. Tom Ballard is an experienced climber who has set records for his mountaineering feats The route Mr Ballard and Mr Nardi were attempting on the world’s ninth highest peak […]

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