Rescuers Pull 2 Off K2; Seek 3rd

Four others to be evacuated; death toll still unclear
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Aug 4, 2008 7:37 AM CDT
This undated file photo provided by the Pakistan Tourism Office shows the world's second tallest peak, K-2, in Pakistan.    (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Two helicopters are on a mission to save an Italian climber and evacuate four others on the world’s second-highest peak, AP reports. Stranded on K2 after an avalanche, Marco Confrontola has “serious frostbite,” said a local official. Two Dutch climbers have already been rescued. Reports vary on the weekend climb's death toll, but a Pakistani minister said 11 were confirmed dead—"the worst" accident "on any of our peaks."

The outlook for the missing is bleak, said a US climber. “Once their hands and feet are frozen, they really are unable to move on their own power, and it takes other people to carry them down.”