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Helicopter Rescue Planned for Italian Climbers Trapped on Pakistani Peak


Organizers of a Himalayan expedition say they plan to send a helicopter to try to rescue two Italian climbers trapped for more than a week on one of the world's most dangerous mountains.

Rescuers say they will try to pick up the pair, stuck on Pakistan's Nanga Parbat mountain, on Wednesday when the weather is expected to improve.

The expedition originally started with three Italian climbers, but one of them, Karl Unterkircher, died after falling into a deep crevasse last Tuesday.

The accident happened at 7,000 meters, and the two survivors were forced to continue to climb to find a way down the mountain.

They will have to descend to an altitude of 6,000 meters, because helicopters cannot fly at a higher altitude.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and AP.