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Nepal calls off search for missing guides on Everest

Nepal called off the search Sunday for three local guides still missing after the deadliest accident on Mount Everest that killed 13 of their colleagues, a tourism ministry official said. "We have decided to stop the search for the missing. We have been unable to identify the location of bodies and at this stage it is difficult to find them in the snow," Dipendra Paudel told AFP. pm-amu/tha/lm

Nepal calls off search for missing guides on Everest

Nepal Sunday called off the search for local guides still missing after the deadliest accident on Mount Everest killed 13 colleagues, as climbers recalled the terrifying moments when the avalanche hit. Rescuers have retrieved the bodies of 13 sherpa guides and plucked another nine to safety since an ice and snow avalanche smashed into their expedition on Friday morning on the world's highest peak.

Nepal calls off search for missing guides on Everest

Nepal Sunday called off the search for local guides still missing after the deadliest accident on Mount Everest killed 13 colleagues, as climbers recalled the terrifying moments when the avalanche hit. Rescuers have retrieved the bodies of 13 sherpa guides and plucked another nine to safety since an ice and snow avalanche smashed into their expedition on Friday morning on the world's highest peak.

Bad weather halts rescue after deadliest Everest disaster

The search for Nepalese guides still missing after the deadliest accident on Mount Everest was suspended Sunday due to bad weather, as a climber recalled the frantic minutes immediately after the avalanche hit. Thirteen guides were killed and nine were plucked to safety after an ice avalanche smashed into their expedition on Friday, but thick cloud has halted rescuers' efforts to find the remaining three. "We will resume search and rescue operations when the weather clears," said tourism ministry official Dipendra Paudel.

Bad weather halts rescue after deadliest Everest disaster

Bad weather suspended searches Sunday on Mount Everest for three Nepalese sherpa guides still missing after an avalanche killed 13 of their colleagues in the deadliest accident on the world's highest peak. The guides were among a large party that left Everest base camp on Friday morning carrying tents, food and ropes to prepare routes for international clients ahead of the main climbing season in Nepal. Rescuers retrieved 12 bodies and plucked at least seven men to safety from the snow-blanketed slopes on Friday, with a 13th body recovered on Saturday.

Everest avalanche leaves climbers, guides in doubt over plans

An Australian mountaineer who narrowly escaped the deadliest accident ever on Mount Everest said Saturday some local guides and climbers were questioning whether to scrap their summit plans after 13 Nepalese were killed in an avalanche. Gavin Turner was scaling the treacherous Khumbu Icefall with his sherpa guide early Friday when he saw the avalanche strike climbers just ahead of him, at an altitude of about 5,800 metres (19,000 feet). "We saw it approach... it was an extremely close call, a matter of minutes," Turner told AFP in a phone interview from Everest base camp.

Everest avalanche death toll reaches 13

Rescuers on Mount Everest found the body of a 13th Nepalese guide on Saturday as authorities ruled out hope of finding any more survivors from the deadliest accident ever on the world's highest peak. Three sherpas remained missing from Friday's avalanche which struck after a large party of guides left Everest base camp carrying tents, food and ropes to prepare for international clients ahead of the main climbing season. Towards the evening, rescuers suspended the search until Sunday.

Everest avalanche death toll reaches 13

Rescuers on Mount Everest found the body of a 13th Nepalese guide on Saturday as authorities ruled out hope of finding any more survivors from the deadliest accident ever on the world's highest peak. Three sherpas remained missing from Friday's avalanche which struck after a large party of guides left Everest base camp carrying tents, food and ropes to prepare for international clients ahead of the main climbing season, which starts later this month. Towards the evening, rescuers suspended the search until Sunday.

Rescuers search for Everest avalanche victims

Rescuers on Mount Everest Saturday found the body of a 13th Nepalese guide buried under snow as authorities ruled out hope of finding any more survivors from the deadliest accident ever on the world's highest peak. Three sherpas remain missing from Friday's avalanche. The victims were among a large party of sherpas who left Everest base camp before dawn, carrying tents, food and ropes to prepare camps for foreign clients ahead of the main climbing season, which starts later this month.

Rescuers search for Everest avalanche victims

Rescuers searched Mount Everest for bodies Saturday as authorities ruled out hope of finding any more survivors from an avalanche that killed at least 12 Nepalese guides in the deadliest accident ever on the world's highest peak. Four sherpas were still missing from Friday's avalanche. The victims were among a large party of sherpas who left Everest base camp before dawn, carrying tents, food and ropes to prepare camps for foreign clients ahead of the main climbing season starting later this month.
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