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Nepal calls off search for missing guides on Everest: official

Published on Apr 20, 2014 6:39 PM
 
Nepalese relatives and volunteers shift the body of a Mount Everest avalanche victim after arrival at the Sherpa Monastery in Kathmandu on April 19, 2014. Nepal called off the search on Sunday for three local guides still missing after the deadliest accident on Mount Everest that killed 13 of their colleagues, a tourism ministry official said. -- PHOTO: AFP

KATHMANDU (AFP) - Nepal called off the search on Sunday for three local guides still missing after the deadliest accident on Mount Everest that killed 13 of their colleagues, a tourism ministry official said.

"We have decided to stop the search for the missing. We have been unable to identify the location of bodies and at this stage it is difficult to find them in the snow," Mr Dipendra Paudel said.

Thirteen bodies have been pulled from the mountain, while another nine guides have been rescued alive since the ice avalanche smashed into their expedition early on Friday.

Authorities on Saturday ruled out hope of finding any more survivors, and officials have now decided to end the search for the remaining three guides.

 
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