Further problems retrieving bodies in Himalayas

Lucknow: A helicopter mission to retrieve the bodies of five climbers spotted on a Himalayan mountain has again been postponed due to strong turbulence.

Indian Magistrate Vijay Jogdande says the Indian Mountaineering Foundation could instead launch a ground expedition to help evacuate the bodies spotted at an altitude of 5000m in Uttarakhand state.

He was responding to a statement by the foundation on Saturday that it was ready to launch an expedition.

The bodies were spotted 500m below where the eight-member international team, including an Australian, was hit by an avalanche.

Sydney mountaineer Ruth McCance is missing presumed dead on Nanda Devi East along with British team leader Martin Moran, three other UK climbers, two men from the United States and an Indian liaison officer.


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