A major disaster on the slopes of the K2 mountain has claimed the lives of at least nine climbers. Catastrophe struck on Friday when a chunk of ice at a notorious point, ominously called the Bottle Neck, fell away, taking climbers ropes with it, and blocking the way down. Several expeditions on the mountain at the time found themselves stranded.
World-reknowned climbers are thought to be among the victims, including Ireland’s Gerard McDonnell, and Frenchman Hugues d’Aubarede. His Sherpa porters are also missing.
At least five members of a Korean team died. But their seven colleagues made it back to base camp.
A Serbian climber also fell to his death. A Dutch team got down but were suffering from severe frostbite. Pakistan is considering sending a military rescue mission for those still missing.