Pak rescuers save French climber trapped on the 'killer mountain'

Stranded mountain climbers on Nanga Parbat to be rescued

2 European climbers stuck on Himalayan peak; rescue planned

A French mountaineer was rescued off the slopes of Pakistan's treacherous "Killer Mountain" - but a Polish climber who had been with her did not make it off and was declared deceased, officials disclosed Sunday.

According to the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the Pakistan Army has launched an operation to rescue the two foreign climbers on the request of Polish and French embassies.

Search and rescue efforts for Tomasz "Tomek" Mackiewicz, the polish climber who never made it back to base camp after reaching the summit of Nanga Parbat in Pakistan, was called off on Sunday due to fast-deteriorating weathering conditions.

Elisabeth Revol was carried more than a thousand metres to safety before being flown to hospital.

The pair had called for help on a satellite phone after being trapped at the 7,500 metre level on the Himalayan peak, also known as the "Killer Mountain" for its deadly history.

The 8,126-meter (26,660-foot) Nanga Parbat is the ninth-highest in the world.

Since a first successful climb in 1953, more than 30 climbers have died trying to climb it, including a Spaniard and an Argentinian lost, presumed dead previous year.

Four volunteers from a separate Polish expedition set out to find them and managed to reach Revol, a renowned female mountaineer who was suffering from frostbite on her feet and could not walk.

"No one has done such a climb before", Shah said, according to the Channel News Asia website.

Ludovic Giambiasi, a friend of Revol, said: "The rescue for Tomasz is unfortunately not possible - because of the weather and altitude it would put the life of rescuers in extreme danger".

The page was initially created to raise funds for the rescuing of Mackiewicz and Revol, which included the arrangement of a helicopter. We are in deep sadness.

The rescue team consists of private climbers, but the Pakistani military refused to arrange for a helicopter for it to use until money for the operation were secured. All our thoughts go out to Tomek's family and friends. The first successful winter ascent of the mountain was made in February 2016.

Russian climber Denis Urubko, French climber Elisabeth Revol, and Polish climber Adam Bielecki pose for a picture at the base of the Diamir Face of Nanga Parbat, Pakistan January 28, 2018.

In addition, a crowd-funding campaign raised $100,000 for the rescue efforts.

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