Nanga Parbat: rescue team reaches BC for Daniele Nardi and Tom Ballard
A break in the poor weather has enabled helicopters to transport a rescue team to Nanga Parbat. An initial first reconnaissance flight resulted in no signs of Daniele Nardi and Tom Ballard.
Update at 16:40 on 28/02/19
Daniele Nardi's official FB page states that, weather permitting, tomorrow two helicopters will set off from Skardu in order to reach K2 Base Camp where they will collect "the four Russian mountaineers, led by Vassily Pivtsov, who this morning agreed to support the Daniele Nardi and Tom Ballard rescue mission on Nanga Parbat. The mountaineers will be dropped off as close to Camp 3 as possible." At present in the Nanga Parbat area it is 20:50.
Here is a translation of the press release just published on Daniele Nardi's official page: "Ali Sadpara has comunicated that from the helicopter the tent at Camp 3 was identified, filled with snow. Traces of avalanches were seen on the slope, indicating the dangerous nature of the area.
The weather below 7000 meters remains stable and we are waiting to receive further photographs and video from Base Camp and from the Pakistan aviation."
Published at 11:20 on 28/02/2019
The news broke about 10 minutes ago, on both Daniele Nardi's official page and via Anna Piunova of www.mountain.ru, that the weather cleared up sufficiently for the Pakistan Army to fly the Pakistani rescue team to Nanga Parbat Base Camp. The pilots also made a first reconnaissance flight of the mountain in search of Daniele Nardi and Tom Ballard, but unfortunately neither the mountaineers nor their camps were detected.
According to the latest updats, a second reconnaissance flight should be carried out shortly before the helicopters return to their base. The rescue mission is also working on transporting mountaineers from K2 to Nanga Parbat as soon as possible.