Two climbers dead, seven missing on K2

August 2nd, 2008 - 11:51 pm ICT by IANS  

Rome, Aug 2 (DPA) Two climbers from an international expedition have died on K2 mountain in the Himalayas, and seven members of the team have gone missing, Italian media reported Saturday. A Serbian and a Korean climber died as the 17-member rope team attempted to conquer K2, the second highest mountain in the world at 8,611 metres above sea level, the reports quoted rescue operation coordinator Agostino Da Polenza as saying.

The team also included climbers from the Netherlands, Norway and Italy. There were no Italians among the missing, the reports said.

Fallen ice was hampering the rescue effort, it said.

Da Polenza had led last month’s rescue efforts in saving two Italian climbers on Nanga Parbat.

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