Indian authorities have started a mission on Wednesday, June 5th to recover bodies of five of the eight climbers that went missing in the Himalayas last week, a government official said. According to Reuters, the team will be using a helicopter to approach the mountainside.
Eight climbers - four from Britain, two from the United States, one from Australia and one from India - were reported missing by their colleagues last Friday after they failed to return to their base camp near Nanda Devi, India's second highest mountain.
Indian air force pilots then spotted five bodies while out on a rescue mission, searching for the missing climbers. After the bodies were spotted partially buried in snow high on a slope, the climbers were believed to have died in an avalanche in the Himalayas.
The status of the other three climbers is still unknown. An immediate rescue operation had to be temporarily suspended because of heavy snowfall and high winds. Officials have said that hopes of finding the remaining climbers alive were slim.
The government official further stated that the paramilitary Indo-Tibetan Border Police Force was carrying out the mission on Wednesday and that the bodies would be brought to the town of Pithoragarh in Uttarakhand.