The search for three Korean mountaineers lost on the southern face of Annapurna mountain in the Himalayas was halted on Oct. 30 due to bad weather, according to the Korea Alpine Federation.
Climber Shin Dong Min, from Jeju, and Kang Gi Seok, under the leadership of Park Young Seok, were attempting to summit of Annapurna in 67 days, starting on Sept. 12.
According to the Korea Alpine Federation, about 10 hours after leaving base camp on Oct. 18, a radio message from the team indicated the weather to be deteriorating, with heavy fog and many rockslides.
Three hours later, the team sent another message, saying, they had failed to reach their goal and were returning to base camp.
That was their final message.
From Oct. 19, an intensive search and rescue mission for the three mountaineers, but only a broken rope was found at the site.
All three are presumed dead.
A four-day memorial service will be held at Seoul National University Hospital starting Nov. 1. For more information, call the Korean Alpine Federation at 02-414-2750
Shin Dong Min was born on Jeju in 1974.
1994 – Joined Daegu University mountaineering club 1995 – Climbs three Northfaces in the Alps (Grandes Jorasses 4,208m, Matterhorn 4,477m, Eiger 3907m), Drus 2000 – Summits Mt. Everest North – Northeast Ridge (8,848m) 2001 – Pumori east face 2007 – Himalaya Lhotse Shar (8,400m), southface 2009 – Mt. Everest Southwest Face, New Korean Route (8,848m) 2010 – Annapurna south face (8,091m)
▲ From left, Shin Dong Min, Kang Gi Seok, and Park Young Seok. Photo courtesy the Korea Alpine Federation
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