The police find bodies of seven climbers, including British, who are missing on the mountain in India
The bodies of seven climbers, including several British, who were missing on India's second highest mountain, have been restored.
Eight people – four British, two Americans, one Indian and one Australian – disappeared just a little less than a month ago on Nanda Devi East in the Himalayas.
British Martin Moran, the expedition leader, John McLaren, Rupert Whewell and Richard Payne were in the missing group.
It is not yet known whose remains were found.
Four missing British climbers came together for a photo to begin their 25,000-foot rise in the Himalayas – which they would disappear days later. Shown: Rupert Whewell (back row, second from left), Martin Moran (back row, sixth from left), Richard Payne (back row, fourth from right) and John McLaren (back row, third from right). Seven bodies have recovered from the mountain, the Indian authorities have said
Aerial photos of the area on Nanda Devi Mountain, the second highest in India, where mountaineers reportedly headed for it. Equipment and backpacks were seen submerged in the snow
The climbers last communicated on May 26, a day before heavy snow and massive avalanches reached the mountain.
The team tried to reach the top of an unclimbed 6477 meter high peak in a remote area when they disappeared.
The bodies were found by the Indo-Tibetan border, at an altitude of more than 5,000 meters. They are returned to the base camp to be formally identified.
Police spokesperson Vivek Kumar Pandey said the search for the eighth body would continue today.
Mr Moran, originally from Tyneside, has been a mountain guide since 1985 and founded his company – Moran Mountain, based in Strathcarron in the Scottish Highlands – with his wife Joy. Their adult children, Hazel and Alex, also work for the company.
Martin Moran, originally from Tyneside, was the leader of the party of eight mountain climbers. He founded the Moran Mountain company with his wife Joy
Martin Moran (right), originally from Tyneside, led the company of eight, including Rupert Whewell (left), who attempted to reach the top of an unclimbed top in a remote area
Britten Richard Payne – lecturer at the University of York – and John McLaren (right) are among the eight missing after an avalanche
In a previous statement, his family said: & We are deeply saddened by the tragic events that take place in the Nanda Devi region of the Indian Himalayas.
& # 39; As a family, we share the same emotions that all of the relatives experience in not knowing where or the well-being of those closest to us. & # 39;
Academic Richard Payne, from the University of York, is supposed to belong to the group of missing climbers.
Last month, the university said it & # 39; extremely concerned & # 39; was about Mr. Payne and said: & # 39; Our thoughts are with this family, friends and colleagues in this difficult time. & # 39;
The eight-member team has not been heard since the avalanche on 31 May when they were taking the Nanda Devi mountain (photo)
Four men have been saved from the mountain. They are Mark Thomas, 44, Zachary Quain, 32, Kate Armstone, 39 and Ian Wade, 45.
Climber Nigel Vardy, who has known Mr. Moran for 20 years, previously described him as & # 39; an absolute professional and really a very, very nice guy & # 39 ;.
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