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Rescue at an altitude of 15,000 feet ( 4,500 m )



Reuters, October 30, 1999 - NEW DELHI, India - The Indian Air Force rescued 16 climbers trapped in the Himalayas in Bhutan due to heavy snow, United News of India (UNI) reported Friday.

The helicopter rescue was carried out Oct. 23 and 24 following a request from the Bhutan government, UNI quoted defense spokesman and squadron leader Tarun Sinha as saying.

Sinha said the 11 Americans, two Canadians, two British and one Indian stuck in the Lingshi Makan area of western Bhutan at an altitude of 15,000 feet had run out of food.

Some were suffering from altitude sickness.

The helicopter braved rough weather and took two mountaineers at a time to safety, Sinha said.

No further details were available.


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