Bodies of seven missing climbers recovered from Himalayas
Seven bodies from a group of eight missing climbers have been recovered in the Himalayas, officials have said.
The mountaineers, believed to include four Brits, two Americans, one Australian and an Indian liaison officer, vanished in the Nanda Devi region on May 26 following an avalanche.
Rescue teams will continue to search the area for the body of the last climber.
Led by British mountain guide Martin Moran, the team was attempting to reach the top of an unclimbed peak in a remote area.
Officials previously said that all eight of the missing climbers are presumed dead, while four others who were part of the group were rescued.
Earlier this month, a mission was launched to recover five bodies spotted during the search for the missing group of eight.
On Sunday, AP reported that the administrator of Uttarakhand state, Vijay Jogdande, said that soldiers had reached the bodies of seven of the climbers.
The bodies, which are said to have been found at an altitude of more than 5,000 metres, will be brought to base camp to be formally identified.
The search for the eighth mountaineer will continue, Mr Jogdande is reported to have said.
Mr Moran, originally from Tyneside, has been a mountain guide since 1985 and set up his company – Moran Mountain, based in Strathcarron in the Scottish Highlands – with his wife Joy, while their grown-up children Hazel and Alex also work for the business.
In an earlier statement, his family said: We are deeply saddened by the tragic events unfolding in the Nanda Devi region of the Indian Himalayas.
As a family, we share the same emotions that all next of kin are experiencing in not knowing the whereabouts or well-being of those closest to us.