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Attempt to retrieve bodies of British climbers from mountain not possible

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The climbers set out on May 13 (Picture: AP)
The climbers set out on May 13 (Picture: AP)

Indian officials say a bid to retrieve the bodies of five climbers from a notoriously dangerous Himalayan mountain by helicopter will not be possible due to bad weather.

A team of eight led by veteran mountaineer Martin Moran – including four Britons, two Americans, an Australian and an Indian – have been missing since an avalanche last week.

Mr Morans Scotland-based company said the climbers set out on May 13.

Contact with a separate trekking team at base camp was lost May 26 following an avalanche.

Five bodies have been spotted, but all eight missing climbers are feared dead.

In this Oct. 7, 2016, photograph provided by Juniper Outdoor Pursuits Centre Pvt. Ltd shows Nanda Devi twin peaks which are connected with a razor sharp ridge with a distance of around 2 kilometers running at approximately 6666m height or 22,000 feet., seen from Chaukori in Uttarakhand, India. Indian air force pilots have resumed a search over a Himalayan mountain for a team of mostly foreign climbers missing since late May. The fourth day of the search on Tuesday was taking place in the northern state of Uttarakhand after five bodies were spotted in the snow in high-resolution photos taken Monday. (AP Photo/ Maninder Kohli via Juniper Outdoor Pursuits Centre Pvt. Ltd)
The Nanda Devi twin peaks, where the team were on an expedition to (Picture: AP)

In this photo provided by the Indo Tibetan Border Police force or ITBP, shows ITBP officers inside a helicopter that attempted to rescue and retrieve the bodies of international climbers, in Pithoragarh, Uttarakhand state, India, Wednesday, June 5, 2019. Indian officials on Wednesday were reconsidering a plan to retrieve five bodies believed to be members of a team of international climbers that went missing on a notoriously dangerous Himalayan mountain that a rescue helicopter was unable to reach. All eight of the climbers who disappeared May 26 on Nanda Devi East are presumed dead, and the five bodies photographed by air Monday are thought to be from the missing expedition, said Vijay Kumar Jogdande, an official in Uttarakhand state, where the mountain is located. (Indo Tibetan Border Police force via AP)

Indo Tibetan Border Police force officers inside a helicopter that attempted to rescue and retrieve the bodies of international climbers, in Pithoragarh, Uttarakhand state, India (Picture: Indo Tibetan Border Police)

Chances of survival bleak for Brits missing in Himalayas Martin Moran Provider: Facebook Source: https://www.facebook.com/MoranMountain/posts/2147981738653307

Martin Moran is described as a veteran mountaineer (Picture: Facebook)

In this photo provided by the Indo Tibetan Border Police force or ITBP, a senior officer ITBP wishes best luck to the team of their soldiers before they set to leave to rescue and retrieve the bodies of international climbers, in Pithoragarh, Uttarakhand state, India, Wednesday, June 5</br><a href=https://metro.co.uk/2019/06/09/attempt-retrieve-bodies-british-climbers-mountain-not-possible-9875412/><strong>Read More – Source</strong></a></p>
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