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Rescue party goes missing as hostile weather hampers search operations

Naresh K Thakur , Hindustan Times  Dharamsala, August 25, 2013
First Published: 20:49 IST(25/8/2013) | Last Updated: 20:50 IST(25/8/2013)

Himachal Pradesh on Sunday lost contact with the two rescue teams comprising police personnel and local trekkers who had been dispatched on Saturday to search for French students Wellington Marcel Gorges and Francois Xavier Camille, who had gone missing from the Triund area on August 22.

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“There is no news of the two missing trekkers, and now we have also lost contact with the rescue teams,” Macleodganj station house officer Gurbachan Singh said, adding that the team had last contacted the control room on Saturday night.

“The team told us that heavy rain and thick fog in the high hills were hampering their progress, and they had searched the entire area from Triund up to Illaqa from where the snowline starts, by evening,” he added.

Local trekker's association president Rashpal Pathania said all efforts to contact the rescue team have failed, adding that chances of locating the missing foreigners were “bleak”.

The two students were part of a group of 32 foreigners who had volunteered for an educational programme of Bangluru-based NGO Field Service and Intercultural Learning, and had come to a school in Naddi village for two weeks. The group had started the hike on August 19.


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