Oscar Perez rescue called off

The rescue attempt of Oscar Perez on Latok has been called. A number of factors has led to this. The weather had turned very poor and visibility was low. Helicopters could no longer travel to the area. Also the number of days that he had been stranded above 6500m meant that there were minimal chances he was alive. He had no tent, and only a sleeping bag to shield himself from the environment. Finally, the climb even in good weather is very hard. In bad weather the danger to the rescuers was too great.

This was very disappointing to all rescuers. Amongst the climbers was Fabrizio Zangrilli from the Field Touring Alpine, who had recently led an unsuccessful attempt of K2.

Field Touring Alpine


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