Posted: Jul 09, 2013 05:56 pm EDT
(By Tina Sjogren) Latest report by Thomas Laemmle of AMICAL (check dispatch feeds) states that Marcin Kaczkan has been rescued and that the search for Artur Hajzer is ongoing.
In the midst of confusing events it seems that Marcin fell in the Japanese couloir, survived and managed to crawl into a tent at camp 2. According to an Italian rescue team in place reporting to Montagna (world news feed below) Marcin has been descending through the day and should have reached BC. Nobody knows the whereabouts of Artur Hajzer. A joint SAR is planned for July 11.
ExWeb correspondent in Pakistan Raheel Adnan (Altitude Pakistan blog) reported earlier today that Polish climber Krzysztof Wielicki told BBC, that they are unable to contact Artur Hajzer and that a Russian team tried to reach the missing climbers in hurricane wind.
Initially it appeared that Artur may be safe in C2, and Marcin was in trouble. But the rescue teams reached C2, this morning and found Marcin Kaczkan alive in the tent. Following is an extract from official statement [Machine Translated].
"On Sunday, July 7 Artur Hajzer and Marcin Kaczkan left the camp III (7150 m) to reach the summit of Gasherbrum I (8068 m). Upon reaching the height of 7600 m, they turned back due to strong wind broke off the summit. Reached the camp III (7150 m) and using radio connected with the BC, the expedition cook, indicating that they will descend to Camp II (6400m) and everything is fine.”
"Also on Sunday at 11AM Polish time (1400hrs local time) Isabella Hajzer received a text message from her husband in which he wrote: 'Marcin Kaczkan fallen Japanese couloir.' We have not managed to make contact with Artur Hajzer, since then. We started rescue operation, managed by the German Gasherbrum Expedition leader Thomas Laemmle. During the night of Sunday to Monday, he sent a team of high-altitude porters, whose aim was to reach Camp II (6400 m). Due to strong winds and snow, they only managed to reach the camp I and turned back to the BC. During the night of Monday to Tuesday weather improved. From Camp I (6000 m) left the group of Russian climbers who reached the camp in the morning and found Marcin there ".
More details are expected with Marcin's arrival in BC.