Elisabeth saved in Nanga Parbat Rescue Operation, rescuers couldn’t make it to Tomek

Polish climber Tomek Mackiewicz and French born Elisabeth Revol began working on their lifelong dream to summit the Killer Mountain Nanga Parbat, standing at 8125 m a few weeks ago. A Nanga Parbat Rescue Operation was initiated when they got into trouble mid summit.

Two days ago, they were spotted near the summit; whether they were successful in going all the way is still unclear. News came of the duo facing difficulties amid attempting ascent after spending a night at 7300 m. After another 100 m climb, Revol communicated to their liaison that she had caught severe frostbite on the toes of her left foot.

Elisabeth and Tomek. Nanga Parbat Rescue Operation is underway.
Polish Climbers Elisabeth Revol and Tomek Mackiewicz. Nanga Parbat Rescue Operation is underway.

Tomek was in much critical condition; suffering from snow blindness and frostbite. He was unable to move so Elisabeth had to relocate to a safer place for rescuers to find both of them easily.

Another team of mountaineers who were attempting the summit for Mount Godwin Austin, K2, were called in for a rescue operation. They were airlifted in a helicopter from K2 base camp and dropped off at circa 4900m on top of Nanga Parbat.

Team of climbers participating in the Nanga Parbat Rescue Operation.
Team of climbers participating in the Nanga Parbat Rescue Operation. Picture taken at Skardu where Adam, Denis and Dr. Cauchy prepare to be dropped at Nanga Parbat.

Adam Bielecki and Denis Urubko climbed from the drop off location to reach Elisabeth where she was successfully found. She had descended lower to where Tomek was left. Due to a snowstorm, the rescue team was unable to get to Tomek.

Currently, the three of them; Adam, Denis and Elisabeth, will be descending the mountain and probably will be lifted off by a helicopter once a safe point is reached.

A cloudy view of Nanga Parbat.
A cloudy view of Nanga Parbat. Tomek still lies near the top of this giant mountain.

It must be an awful feeling knowing that the person you love is alive, is in terrible condition and there is nothing you can do to save him.

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