Our Italian duo of rescue experts Capt. Piergiorgio Rosati and Capt. (Mountain climber) Simone Moro rescued the dead body of a Ukrainian man whose body has been stuck at Tengkangpoche about 18 months using the longline from our B3 helicopter.
The Ukrainian climber had been climbing the Tengkangpoche peak 18 months ago with his female friend who died on a fall while climbing very short of the summit. Her fall left him unroped with no harness. He couldn’t climb up or descend down. Sherpas and locals think he froze to death. His body was in a seated position ever since.
Simone Moro flew with Capt. Rosati on the longline to the body site on a 75 degree slope with a 2000m vertical drop below him while Rosati was hovering. The first day of the evacuation was carried out as Simone drilled the ice face and created an anchor for himself from where he could hang and work on taking the body out. The evacuation was successful only on the second day after rigorous drilling because of the vertical face of the slope at the height of 6380m.
Rescuer/pilot Simone Moro says ‘this extreme one of a kind rescue/evacuation is the highest rescue in the world by a longline on a vertical face.’
The mission was successful and they flew the body to Lukla and then to Kathmandu.
We send our humble condolences to the Ukrainian family.
Fishtail Air team is very grateful to Capt. Piergiorgio and Capt. Simone for carrying out the entire operation. Congratulations and best wishes for your future endeavors. Cheers!
Article: Anusha Udas, Photo: Simone Moro & Piergiorgio Rosati
Fishtail Air is gratified to have had the team of very joyful & friendly Capt. Baljeet Singh Nahal, Capt. Ashok Dutt, En. Anish Suresh & En. DevUpadhyay as part of us and we thank you for carrying out the various rescue and other operations. Best wishes for the future and we hope to see you again soon. Bon Voyage!
From Left: Capt. Baljeet Singh Nahal, Chairman Bikash J.B. Rana, En. Anish Suresh & Operation Director Capt. Ashish Sherchan
Two sherpas had been injured in the Serac Fall near Camp 3. On their way up they were hit by an Ice rock and were suffering from severe head injuries. Their friends carried them from there to Camp 2 whereby helicopter rescue would be easier. They called for medevac.
Captain Simone Moro and Captain Piergirorio immediately flew out B3 from Lukla (where it has been stationed as standby for rescue missions) to Everest Camp 2.
They picked up Kami Tenzing Sherpa initially and flew him to Lukla. There after they picked the second Sherpa PemChiri Sherpa on the second shuttle from Lukla and later both were flown to Kathmandu.
We have had successful camp 2 rescues this season and are glad to be able to assist. Fishtail Air sends out best wishes to those that are on their way up and congratulations to those on their descent.
We also would like to introduce to you Captain Piergirorio from Italy who has mainly been flying the rescue mission from Lukla in replacement of Captain Maurizio Folini. He is a sling expert and current working in Italy.
Our B2 helicopter has been stationed at Hilsa since the 3rd of May to cater to the tourists (pilgrims) who want to visit the Holy Kailash Mansarovar Lake. Like every year, this season of Hilsa mission also looks promising and we are proud to announce that so far we have carried out 28 shuttles to Hilsa and two other rescue missions from Hilsa.
Initially the mission was being flown by Captain A. Sherchan who was later replaced by Captain D. Rana. The mission is still on and passengers continue to fly. We shall be stationed there until June.
As they all say- for Hindus It Is Kailash, For Jain – Ashtapada – Meru, For Buddhist – Kang Rinpoche. It’s a common pilgrimage for all three religion and hence the beauty of this trip. Passengers fly to Simikot in a fixed wing aircraft from where we fly them to Hilsa (far-west Nepal at approx.12200ft). Here on they continue their journey by road/walk.
Fishtail Air thanking everyone who has contributed in making this mission a success so far.
A Swiss lady was rescued this morning from Island Peak Base Camp on our B3 by our rescue team of Capt. Maurizio Folini and Capt. Simone Moro.
She was on her expedition when she collapsed at the base of the steep face, 150m before the summit of Island Peak (6189m approx.). The duo flew to base camp from where Simone Moro got into the longline and they flew to where the lady was stuck at 6050m. They evacuated her from the area and thereafter flew her in the helicopter to Lukla initially and then to the capital for medical attention.
We wish for her earliest recovery and thanking the Italian rescue duo once again.
Patient at TIA
Lhakpa Nuru Sherpa was rescued from Camp 2 this morning on our helicopter.
Lhakpa Sherpa was stuck at camp 3 from where he was brought down to camp 2 by other sherpas. He was with a group of 9 climbers when he fell sick. He was flown to Lukla on AJI (B3) and from Lukla flown to Kathmandu on VT-DCB (B3) along with his wife. An ambulance immediately took him to Blue Cross hospital for proper medical attention.
There have been news of avalanches on the mountains in the past six days due to which a lot of climbers are suffering and Lhakpa is one of the many that have.