New Zealand climbers missing on K2 are dead: Family
WELLINGTON (AFP) - Two New Zealand climbers hoping to become the first father-and-son team to scale the world's second-highest mountain have died in the attempt, their family said on Tuesday after the pair went missing in an avalanche on K2.
Mr Martin Schmidt, 53, and his 25-year-old son Denali Schmidt were attempting to scale the 8,611-metre peak in northern Pakistan when the avalanche hit on Friday night.
Mrs Sequoia Di Angelo confirmed that her father and brother had perished, an assessment backed by a Pakistani official involved in the expedition and Mr Martin Schmidt's employer.
"It is with great sorrow that I confirm the tragic death of my brother and father, Denali and Marty Schmidt. May their spirits rest at K2," US-based Di Angelo tweeted.