Bodies of Tom Ballard and Daniele Nardi found in Himalayas

LikeGoogle +1TweetEmailBody of Tom Ballard found on ‘killer mountain’Mark EntwistleUpdated 10/03/19 2:32

LikeGoogle +1TweetEmailBody of Tom Ballard found on ‘killer mountain’Mark EntwistleUpdated 10/03/19 2:32

Rescuers have found the bodies of two climbers missing for nearly a fortnight on a mountain in Pakistan, the Italian ambassador has said.

Soon after Italian climber Daniele Nardi and British mountaineer Tom Ballard went missing, Spanish mountaineer Alex Txikon and other climbers gave up their own winter summit attempt on K2 and volunteered to search for the missing climbers.

They set out on 22 February and last made contact while at about 6,300 metres.

Italy's ambassador to Pakistan, Stefano Pontecorvo, said on Saturday that the search team had confirmed that silhouettes spotted on the mountain "through telescope and pics beyond reasonable doubt" were the bodies of the two men.

Tom Ballard is the son of Alison Hargreaves, the first woman to scale Mount Everest alone.

Ahead of her death, he had moved to Fort William in Lochaber in the Scottish Highlands with his sister Kate and father Jim.

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The mountain has long attracted climbers even though its been dubbed "Killer Mountain" because of its risky conditions.

Mr Nardi, 42, from near Rome, had in the past attempted to reach the summit of Nanga Parbat during winter on several occasions.

Located in Pakistan's Gilgit Baltistan area, it is the ninth highest mountain in the world at 26,660ft (8,126m).

"We are broken by pain; we inform you that the research by Daniele and Tom has been completed", Nardi's team posted on Facebook. "A part of them will always remain on the Nanga Parbat".

The bad weather- extreme cold and poor visibility- created problems for ground search teams, army helicopters engaged in aerial search for the two missing climbers could not fly either.

They added: 'The family remembers Tom as a competent alpinist and fearless friend of Daniele. A Polish climber died on the mountain in January 2018, but his female French climbing partner was saved by climbers who had been airlifted from K2 to conduct a daring night-time rescue mission.

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