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(L) The British climber Tom Ballard, whose mother died on K2. Photograph: Kottom films/YouTube. (R) Daniele Nardi. Photograph: Fotogramma/Ropi/Rex/Shutterstock

Bodies of Tom Ballard and Daniele Nardi found in Himalayas

Men went missing almost a fortnight ago while ascending mountain in Pakistan

WT24 Desk

Rescuers have found the bodies of Tom Ballard and Daniele Nardi, the British and Italian climbers who went missing almost a fortnight ago on a Himalayan mountain in Pakistan, the Italian ambassador has said, PA reports.

Ballard, whose mother, Alison Hargreaves, died on K2, was climbing Nanga Parbat with Nardi when they lost contact on 24 February.

Four Spanish rescuers were flown to the area by military helicopter on Monday and were joined by the Pakistani mountaineer Ali Sadpara at base camp.

The Italian ambassador to Pakistan, Stefano Pontecorvo, said the search team had confirmed that silhouettes spotted on the mountain were the bodies of the two men and that the search was over.

He said on Twitter: “With great sadness I inform that the search for Daniele Nardi and Tom Ballard is over as Alex Txikon and the search team have confirmed that the silhouettes spotted on Mummery at about 5,900 metres are those of Daniele and Tom. R.I.P.”

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