(English) TAAN rescues 77 trekkers from Manang

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KATHMANDU, Nepal–A rescue team of Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) rescued 77 trekkers from different parts of Manang district on Thursday.

Of the trekkers rescued on Thursday, 17 were Israelis, 29 Nepalis (support staff), 5 Indonesians, 10 Germans, 5 Spanish, 4 Indians, 3 Canadians, 2 Russians, and 2 Polish.

TAAN had deployed two choppers – AS 350 B3 and MI 17 – for rescue works. TAAN executive members Ang Pemba Sherpa and Pasang Tendi Sherpa were in the rescue team. Similarly, TAAN President Ramesh Prasad Dhamala was in Manang to oversee rescue works, while Coordinator of TAAN’s Rescue Department Keshav Pandey coordinated rescue works from Pokhara.

Likewise, 1st Vice President Kami Rinji Sherpa, General Secretary Sagar Pandey and Treasurer Gopal Babu Shrestha were at TAAN Secretariat to coordinate rescue works, while executive member Vidya Hirachan was at Tribhuvan International Airport.

TAAN have also rescued trekkers from land route in the Mustang side of Thorang La Pass. The team brought down five bodies – two Nepalis, two Israelis and one Polish. Similarly, one more body has been brought down to Jomsom. Their identity has yet to be ascertained.

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