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
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
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.
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