ITBP releases video of ‘last moments’ of eight mountaineers killed while climbing Nanda Devi peak last month
Screen grab of the video released by ITBP

The Indian Tibet Border Police (ITBP) on Monday released the video clips of an international team of mountaineers, a month after they went missing on the unconquered Nanda Devi East peak in Uttrakhand.

The heart-chilling 154-second clip shared by the ITBP shows the “final moments” of mountaineers and how the brave hearts in their ‘Operation Daredevil’ successfully retrieved the bodies.

The visuals show the eight climbers tied together by a rope cautiously scaling an unnamed peak.

The bodies of seven climbers were retrieved by a 15-member ITBP team that volunteered for the toughest mission at an arduous height of 19,000 feet of the 7,434 metres tall Nanda Devi East peak.

The team of 12 mountaineers from Britain, US, Australia and India were on an adventure expedition as they attempted to scale the Himalayan peak, but only 4 came back alive.

According to authorities, the climbers were British team leader Martin Moran, Britons John McLaren, Rupert Whewell and University of York lecturer Richard Payne, US nationals Anthony Sudekum and Ronald Beimel, Australian Ruth McCance and Indian guide Chetan Pandey.

However, the body of Martin Moran, is still missing, authorities claimed.

ITBP search team of mountaineers found the memory video device at 19K ft while they were searching the area where bodies were spotted.

“It was mesmerising for us to see the footage,” said APS Nambadia, the ITBP deputy inspector general who planned the operation to retrieve the bodies.

“It will help us to analyse what went wrong with their mission,” he told at the press briefing

 S S Deswal, DG ITBP on Monday also felicitated the team of ITBP mountaineers who searched and carried 7 bodies of missing mountaineers from extreme difficult access point conducting historic 20 days’ mission ‘Daredevils’.


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