October 28, 2011 10:34
The ninth day of rescue efforts to find mountaineer Park Young-seok and two of his colleagues who went missing near a 8,091-m-high peak in the Himalayan mountain range of Annapurna in Nepal bore no fruit, the rescue team said Thursday.
"We searched the bottom of the Bergschrund (a large crevasse) on the southern flank of Annapurna, which is where Park and the other two mountaineers are believed to have gone missing, but we did not find any traces of them," the team said in its dispatch to base camp.
The 19-men rescue team, which consists of five Korean mountaineers and local Sherpa guides, was split into three groups. They descended into the 40-m-deep Bergschrund at 6:20 a.m. (local time), and searched for seven hours.
The search team decided to conduct a thorough search of the slope formed by a recent avalanche on Friday. Park and his team last made contact at 6 p.m. on Oct. 18 as they were heading back to the base camp, when they referred to treacherous conditions including heavy snow and falling rocks.
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