Pakistan Army, after an extremely difficult and challenging rescue mission, has successfully saved a Russian climber from northern areas.
As per the statement issued by Inter-services Public Relations (ISPR), stranded at 20,000 feet, Alexander Gukov was caught up in a rough challenge on Latok I peak in the Biafo glacier region. After vigilant efforts, Pakistan Army was successful in rescuing the climber and shifted him to Combined Military Hospital (CMH) in Skardu for medical attention and treatment.
As per the press release, this is Army’s first rescue mission from such a height.
“The unprecedented rescue mission was undertaken by Pakistan army aviation helicopters under extreme weather conditions making it the first ever rescue from such a height in Pakistan’’ – said the Army’s media wing’s press release.
The climber was stuck there since 25th July and ran out of his supplies three days ago. Gukov’s climbing partner Sergey Glazunov completed their climb within 600 feet of the summit and started retreating the mountain on July 25th. In an accident, he fell and lost his life. Gukov sent SOS signal for help. Between 26th and 30th July, as many as seven rescue attempts were made – all futile.
The 23,442-foot peak in the Karakoram Range, Latok I and climbing the North Ridge of Latok I is a mountaineering challenge that has never been achieved. Glazunov and Gukov came the closest to the peak of the mountain.
Chief of Army Staff (COAS) also met the rescued mountaineer in CMH. Major General Asif Ghafoor, DG ISPR, tweeted the picture and extended his wishes.
COAS visited Russian mountaineer Alexander Gukov at Combined Military Hospital (CMH) Rawalpindi. Mr Guvok was rescued by Pak Army Aviators from 20650 feet high Latok Peak in Pakistani Northern Areas this morning through a very challenging Aviation effort.@Russia@RT_com pic.twitter.com/owmm9Ua90a
— Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor (@OfficialDGISPR) July 31, 2018
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