Volunteers rescued a French mountaineer from a Himalayan peak but called off efforts to retrieve a Polish climber who was declared dead after the dramatic and treacherous rescue effort.
She was airlifted to Islamabad and was being treated at the Shifa International Hospital. On Friday the pair had used a satellite phone to report that they were in distress.
The rescue mission, carried out by a team of private climbers, was delayed in part because the Pakistani military declined to arrange for a helicopter until funds for its operation were guaranteed, as is common practice for complicated rescue missions in the country's northern mountains. It earned the nickname "killer mountain" after more than 30 climbers died trying to climb it before the first successful summit in 1953.
Janusz Majer, who helped prepare the Polish expedition team now scaling K2, had said that messages sent by Revol said Mackiewicz was suffering from snow blindness and frostbite.
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According to the website, he once survived all alone in a bivouac for more than a week on Nanga Parbat during bad weather ... only to climb down later and startle rescuers who had already given up on him.
Mackiewizcz had made the attempt six times in the past six years, falling short every time.
A crowdfunding campaign raised almost $140,000 to finance the rescue and support the wife and three children of Mackiewicz. Her friend, Ludovic Giambiasi thanked the rescue team in a post on Facebook, and called the decision to abandon the search for Mackiewicz "terrible and painful". We are in deep sadness.
The rescue team were Russian climber Denis Urubko, who has dual Polish citizenship, together with Polish climbers Adam Bielecki, Jaroslaw Botor and Piotrek Tomala. "The weather and altitude would put the life of the rescuers in extreme danger". "My thoughts are with the family and relatives of Tomek", French ambassador to Poland Pierre Levy said on Twitter.
"We are crying from happiness", Gordon posted on the GoFundMe rescue page, which showed almost $100,000 had been raised by Sunday. The group of four was attempting to make the first winter ascent of the nearby peak K2, according to the BBC.