Missing American Mountaineer presumed dead

GILGIT:Two US mountaineers, who went missing earlier this week, are out of contact and are now feared dead, said mountaineers and tour operators on Thursday.

Kyle Dempster and Scott Adamson began their ascent of the 7,285-metre Ogre-II peak near K-2 in Gilgit-Baltistan on August 21. “They can’t be contacted despite various attempts,” said Iqbal, a tour operator.

“We are praying for their safe return, but that seems least likely now,’ Iqbal told reporters. The two climbers could not have gone much longer without food and extreme climate conditions.

They were supposed to descend after climbing the summit within five days as they had a week’s ration but that hasn’t happened, he added. The tour was organised by Active Tours Pakistan. A search operation is to be launched with the help of the army.

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