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HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
Dharamsala, August 27, 2013
With hopes now fading for two missing French trekkers, Marcel Gorges and Francois, with no trace for fourth day, a French Embassy official on Tuesday arrived here to take stock of search operation to find the duo.
The two backpackers both in their 20s had gone for trekking on August 19 along with their group members to Tirund area, but took a different route on August 22 and have not been seen since then.

Meanwhile, Social attache French Embassy, Atul Srivastav, arrived in the town and held a meeting with the district administration. Kangra deputy commissioner C Paulrasu told him that three teams comprising 10 to 15 members both from the state police and the local trekkers association were searching for Gorges and Francois.

Srivastava expressed satisfaction over the efforts being made by the state government and the district administration and hoped for the safe return of the trekkers.

He urged the state government to expedite the search operation and assured every possible help from the French Embassy.

Meanwhile, the Himachal Pradesh government's Pawan Hans helicopter also arrived here on Tuesday. The district administration requested the state government for aerial survey of Triund area as the tough terrains were hampering the search operation on the ground.

However, the aerial survey could not be conducted on Tuesday owing to bad weather in the hills.

Palrasu said the chopper would now take off on Wednesday. He said the district administration could also seek help from the Indian Army. Meanwhile, the search team that had gone towards the moon peak in Dhauladhar ranges has also returned to the camp at Triund without any clue of the missing trekkers.

McLeodganj SHO Gurbachan Singh, who is supervising the search operations, said all the teams sent to different areas have returned to the base camp at Triund.

“There are no signs of the missing persons,” he said.