Kathmandu, Apr 20 (PTI) Indian climber Anurag Maloo, who went missing on Monday after falling into a deep ravine on Nepal’s Mount Annapurna, has been found alive by rescuers in critical condition, his brother said on Thursday.
Anurag, 34, from Kishangarh in Rajasthan, went missing after falling from a height of 6,000 meters while descending from Camp III on Monday. Annapurna is the 10th highest mountain in the world.
“He is found alive. He was taken to the hospital in a critical condition, but he is still alive,” said his brother Sudhir Maloo.
“We now have to focus on the medical side,” Sudhir added.
According to Sudhir, the rescue team who went to search for him in the ditch where he fell found him and rescued him.
News portal Myrepublica reported that seven summit expeditions by seven Nepalese climbers confirmed Anurag was alive in a crevasse 300 meters below.
He has been airlifted to Pokhara’s Manipal Hospital, the report said.
“His condition is very critical. Doctors are taking care of him,” said Thaneswar Kuragane, general manager of Seven Summit Treks.
A team of six Sherpa climbers led by Tsang Tawa conducted a ground search and found him in a crater about 300 meters deep on Thursday morning, Seven Summits leader Mingma Sherpa said.
Famous Polish climber Adam Bielecki and his friend joined the ground search and rescue team to find Anurak.
“His condition is critical,” hospital sources confirmed, The Himalayan Times newspaper reported.
Anurag has climbed 14 peaks above 8,000 meters and the seven highest points on seven continents to raise awareness, the UN said.
He is also tasked with directing measures to achieve global goals.
He is a recipient of the REX Karam-Veer Chakra Award and became India’s Antarctic Youth Ambassador in 2041. PTI NSA AKJ NSA