Missing climbers: 2 silhouettes seen on Pakistan mountain

March 7, 2019 GMT

ROME (AP) — Colleagues of two European climbers missing for over a week on the world’s ninth-highest mountain in Pakistani say search crews have spotted two silhouettes near where they were last seen.

The Alphine Club of Pakistan announced Wednesday that the search operation had ended for Italian climber Daniele Nardi and Briton Tom Ballard, who went missing in bad weather on Nanga Parbat. An official said Thursday the silhouettes were spotted as crews were waiting for helicopters to take them off the mountain.

In a Facebook post, Nardi’s support team said helicopters that could provide a better look at the Mummery Pass using telescopes were delayed Thursday because they were dispatched for other military needs. They hoped weather conditions would enable the choppers to reach the site Friday.