Chance of finding climbers missing in the Himalayas is 'bleak' after avalanche

The chances of finding four British climbers and their companions missing in the Himalayas are "bleak", rescuers have said, but the family of one wants the search area widened.

But the casualty rate in the region is nearly five times higher than on Mount Everest, the world's tallest peak, and the rescuers would need at least three or four days of walking to get to the avalanche site, officials said.

The four rescued climbers were named by India TV as Mark Thomas, Ian Wade, Kate Armstrong and Zachary Quain.

They added that they were "deeply saddened by the tragic events unfolding" and expressed gratitude for the search operations being undertaken "under extremely hard conditions".

A rescue team was trekking towards the 7434-metre Nanda Devi East peak, hoping that clearer weather on Sunday would allow some searchers to be flown in.

Hundreds of climbers from across the world visit India to scale mountains located across the Himalayan belt, but the twin peaks of Nanda Devi are the toughest to scale.

Along with four people from Britain, two from the United States, and one from India, McCance had been preparing to climb the Nanda Devi, India's second-highest mountain, on a previously unclimbed route after reaching 4,870 metres on 22 May.

"We are anxious there's an avalanche involved and no matter how experienced you are, the mountain doesn't know that", he added.

The district magistrates' office in the area has identified the eight missing as Martin Moran, John Mclaren, Rupert Whewell and Richard Payne (all from Britain), Anthony Sudekum and Ronald Beimel from the United States, Ruth McCance from Australia, and Chetan Pandey of the Indian Mountaineering Foundation.

The climbers went missing on the Indian side of the Himalayas near the end of a climbing season that has been particularly deadly.

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'Chances of survival are bleak, ' said Vijay Jogdande, the top civil servant at the scene. But 12 days later, on May 25, only four of the group returned to base camp, said Uttarakhand's Senior District Official, R.D. Paliwal. The second helicopter has left for the recce.

A team of 10 to 15 rescuers, comprising police, disaster response personnel and administrators, has also fanned out to find survivors, said Tripti Bhatt, an official of the Uttarakhand State Disaster Response Force (SDRF). It will take days to trek to the last known location of the group and hopes that they will be discovered are slim.

Moran Mountain, in another Facebook post on Sunday, said the company is working with authorities and the British Association of Mountain Guides to gather information about the fate of their expedition.

"Out of respect for those involved and their families, we will be making no further comments at this time", it added.

Mr Lowndes said information was now coming through from the Indian Government, the Department of Foreign Affairs and the mountaineering community.

Photos posted to Moran Mountain's Facebook page the day before the start of the climb showed the group "starting their journey into the hills at Neem Kharoli Baba temple, Bhowali".

According to an update on May 22, the group had reached their second base camp at 4870m and were due to make a summit attempt on an unclimbed peak at 6477m.

"We will do all we can to assist any British people who need our help", a spokesman said.

The group said it had trekked into the heart of the Nanda Devi sanctuary "with the ambition of summiting a virgin peak".

She went running in the Blue Mountains to improve her stamina and climbed peaks in France and New Zealand, and had climbed in India's Ladakh region before.

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