Guwahati: After almost one month Arunachal Pradesh mountaineer Tapi Mra and his associate Niku Dao, reported missing on August 27, the Army stated on Thursday decided to call off the search operation citing safety of the rescuers.
The mountaineer duo were part of the 13-member team led by Mra—the first mountaineer from Arunachal Pradesh to have scaled Mt. Everest on May 21, 2009—that was on an expedition to Mt. Kyarisatam or Mt. Chiumo.
Following the report of the missing of their missing, the Army launched the search operation challenging inclement weather conditions. Air Force was also deployed for the search operation besides using satellite tracking technologies.
“Everything humanly possible over the past three weeks to find the missing mountaineers was done, but the mission ended as the situation wasnot safe for anybody beyond Camp-2 area,” said Lt Col A S Walia, the defence spokesperson based at Tezpur in Assam.
He added that a few flags and some ration items indicating signs of the expedition team in and around the area were spotted. But there was no trace of the missing persons.
“We put in our best efforts and took a lot of risks to look for our mountaineers Tapi Mra and Niku Dao. Having put in so much effort, and being passionately involved in this, there could have been no better soldierly satisfaction than to have found them,” Army said in a statement.