The Indo-Tibetan-border police has released a new video clip showing the “last moments” of the eight mountaineers who died while attempting to summit Nanda Devi East Peak peak in Uttarakhand in May, the Indian Express reported.
According to ITBP Deputy Inspector General A P S Nimbadia, the 1.55-minute video was sourced from a memory card retrieved from near the bodies.
“The video was sourced from a photo card that our boys recovered from near the bodies that lay in a bowl-like region of the mountain. This is the only evidence and last moments record of the journey of the eight climbers,” Nimbadia said.
The video, shot by one of the mountaineers, shows all the eight climbers perilously hooked in a line with a rope just before the group was to reach the 7,434 metre high Nanda Devi East peak sometime in late May.
The climbers can be seen standing in a queue on a slippery snow-clad track that would have taken them to the peak.
However, the video ended with a minor thud, a sound that the ITBP officials said could be of an avalanche or some other calamity that claimed their lives in a horrific plunge.
The mountaineers went missing on May 25 and seven of the total eight bodies were brought down by the ITBP from about 19,000 feet to a lower base on July 3.
A 15-member ITBP team of climbers clocked about 500 hours spanning more than 15 days in its recovery mission.
The video was released at an event where the 15 members of the team were honoured by ITBP DG S S Deswal with mementos and a cash reward of Rs 20,000 each at ITBP headquarters in Delhi.
The mountaineers had left Munsyari on May 13 to scale the peak located in Pithoragarh district. The team included seven members from the UK, Australia, and the US, besides a liaison officer from the Indian Mountaineering Foundation.
The body of the team leader and noted British mountaineer Martin Moran has not been found till now.
The rest of the group included John McLaren, Rupert Whewell and University of York lecturer Richard Payne from the UK; US nationals Anthony Sudekum and Ronald Beimel; Australian Ruth McCance; and Indian guide Chetan Pandey.