Weather delays lifting of climbers’ bodies from Indian peak

NEW DELHI (AP) — Bad weather is continuing to delay the evacuation of seven bodies believed to be from a missing team of international climbers found on a notoriously dangerous Himalayan mountain in northern India, an Indian paramilitary official said on Thursday.

Rescuers have shifted the bodies to an open area from where it is hoped they can be picked up by helicopter and transported to base camp in a day or two, said Vivek Kumar Pandey, a spokesman for the Indo-Tibetan Border Force.

Veteran British mountaineer Martin Moran led three other Britons, two Americans, an Australian and an Indian on an expedition on notoriously dangerous Nanda Devi East in northern India. Moran’s Scotland-based company said that contact with the team was lost on May 26 following an avalanche.

Paramilitary climbers reached the bodies four days ago at an altitude of more than 5,000 meters (16,400 feet). An eighth body has yet to be found.

Pandey said the seven bodies were found roped in together and the eighth member of the team was believed to be away from them.

Bad weather, poor visibility and snow accumulation have hampered efforts to trace the eighth mountaineer over the past four days, he said.

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