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  Details of Simon Kehrer and Walter Nones rescued from Nanga Parbat by helicopter


Copyright© Billy Pierson

Details, note you might want to read from the bottom up ...

24-Jul-2008 (1530 hours local) Mr. Simone & Walter along with two Italians experts (Mr. Silvio Montinelli & Mr. Maurizio Gallo) are now safely on ground at Gilgit, the nearest town to Nanga Parbat. Happy Landings(1330 hours local) Mr. Walter has also been successfully rescued from Nanga Parbat. With this the rescue effort comes to end. Good Luck Walter & Simone.(1300 hours local) Mr. Simone has been successfully rescued from Nanga Parbat. Attempt for the second mountaineer is in progress.(1145 hours local) Both helicopters in the area, will start operation after coordination with Italian experts in the Base Camp. (0940 hours local) 1x Ecureuil was dispatched at 0942 hours local from Islamabad for the evacuation of Italians from Nanga Parbat. 1x Ecureuil will join the evacuation from Skardu. By 1200 hours local both the helicopters will reach the Italians at Nanga Parbat. (0500 hours local) The Italian Embassy was called to request them to advise the mountaineers to come down to 6000 m or below. This was conveyed and we were informed that they have started coming down and are close to 6000 m. They were also informed that the helicopters have gone for another rescue and will be dispatched to Nanga Parbat immediately after arrival.23-Jul-2008 (1745 hours local) Italians Rescue at Nanga Parbat. The Italian Embassy has now confirmed that the gentlemen are at 6500 M.(1630 hours local) Italian Rescue. There is confusion regarding the height of Mr. Walter and his friend. According to the Embassy, they are at 5700 M. But Mr. Mateen at Fairy Meadows, who is in contact with Walter, maintain that they are at 6500 M. Rescue will be launched tomorrow when the weather clears. At 1121 AM Mr. Simone was pressing hard for dispatch of helicopters. The two experts were also passing clear weather on the mountain. The helicopters were about to leave when a message from Mr. Sergio at 1233 hrs advised us not to dispatch the helicopters due to negative weather on the mountain.(0900 Hours Local) As per Charge’ d’ Affaires, Italian Embassy, both the climbers have descended to 5,700 m and are at N 35○ 20’ 00”/E 074○ 38’ 30”. Helicopters will be dispatched to pick them up sometimes in the afternoon.21-Jul-2008 (1400 Hours Local) The Charge’ d’ Affaires, Italian Embassy has temporarily suspended Search & Rescue at Nanga Parbat. Helicopters, however, remain at high alert for any emergency.(0600 hours Local) Weather in the Area still inclement S & R will continue when the weather improves.20-Jul-2008 (1700 hours local) Search & Rescue of Italian Exp at Nanga Parbat (North Face). Finally contact has been established with the trapped mountaineers on the phone dropped from the helicopters. They are descending to Basin Plateau. An attempt will be made to rescue them as soon as the weather clears and they reach 6000 m.(1200 hours local) Due to extremely bad weather around Nanga Parbat, the search operation is temporarily withheld. It will be resumed as soon as weather improves.(0900 hours local) The Italian could not be spotted on the place seen yesterday. Two helicopters are waiting in Jaglot to start S&R as soon as the weather on the mountain improves.19-Jul-2008 (1600 hours) Search & Rescue operation of Italian at Nanga Parbat has been temporarily stopped due to inclement weather on the mountains. The effort will resume as soon as the weather improves. Despite the fact that a Thuraya telephone was delivered to the trapped mountaineers no contact could be established with them.18-Jul-2008 A special Helicopter for the two Italian experts, Mr. Silvio Montinelli and Mr. Maurizio Gallo, to join the search operation for Mr. Simon Kehrer and Mr. Walter Nones on Nanga Parbat North Face, was arranged/dispatched in the afternoon at 1300 hours on 18 July 08.Search & Rescue of Mr. Simone & Mr. Walter of Italian Nanga Parbat expedition have been ordered and will begin as soon as the weather improves in the area. Two Ecureuil Helicopters took off from Gilgit at 0655 for Nanga Parbat .They over flew the area with the Italian experts and spotted the gentlemen at around 7000 m .Apparently they are coming down, Some food items & Thuraya phone were also dropped, We are waiting telephonic contact with them, They are in good condition.

 

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