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  Polish Climbers Caught in Avalanche

Dear Everest News Readers;

After awaiting heli-evacuation for three days, the injured Polish climbers Pawel Dunaj and Michal Obrycki have now been carried down from Latoba to Upper Rupal - and then to Tarashing in stretchers. They were shifted to Skardu by road.

Pawel and Michal were hit by an avalanche at around 5100m on Saturday afternoon. Fortunately, they were on the upper part of avalanche and didnít get buried in the debris. However, they slid around 300-400m and suffered major injuries including multiple bone fractures.

The immediate rescue operation launched by Tomek Mackiewicz, Jacek Teler and their chefs, and assisted by a dozen of local villagers, was successful in bring them down to Latabo BC on Sunday morning at around 4am. Arrangements for heli-evacuation were made the same day (on Sunday), with the help of their local agent Jasmine Tours (www.jasminetours.com) but unfortunately the weather wasnít favourable.

The snowstorm had denied the flight to Nanga Parbat BC for three days. Weather was still bad, when the difficult decision to carry the injured climbers in stretcher was made this morning to Upper Rupal. The team had already run out of medication and pain-killers, and it was risky to keep waiting for improvement in conditions.

The climbers were carried in stretchers from BC to nearest town Upper Rupal and then to Tarashing, from where they were scheduled to leave for Skardu by road. Both of these cities are equipped with better medical facilities and have airports for any emergency movement to Islamabad. Todayís rescue mission was again attended by dozens of local villagers, whose support has been vital in saving the climbers.

Jacek Teler traveled with Pawel and Michal this morning to Skardu, while Tomek remained at Base Camp.

Update (March 14, 2014)

After reaching Skardu hospital one day ago Pawel Dunaj is operated today by the doctors and they put a tube inside the body to help him breath well. Doctors say he has broken four ribs right side and damage lung. He needs a better hospital for treatment. They are to fly to Islamabad tomorrow. Waiting for Tomek to reach Skardu.


Asghar Ali Porik
CEO
M/S JASMINE TOURS

 

 

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