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American, Nepalese Climbers Missing

October 28, 1999

KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) _ Although hopes were few, mountaineers were continuing to search Thursday for an American woman and a Nepalese guide who were swept away by an avalanche on a Himalayan mountain.

Nepalese officials said Ginette Harrison, 41, a physician from Monson, Mass., was presumed dead, but members of her expedition were still sweeping the site of Sunday’s accident.

The same avalanche also swept away Dawa Dorje, a 36-year-old Nepalese mountain guide, who was with a French expedition on the mountain.

``The 11-member expedition team hasn’t been able to locate them so far,″ said Murari Sharma of Pawar Trekking, which is handling Harrison’s expedition.

Harrison disappeared at a point between two camps on Mount Dhaulagiri, which is 26,950 feet high.

Harrison’s husband, Gary Scott Pfisterer, was at the base camp, said Sharma, speaking in the Nepalese capital of Katmandu.

Harrison was part of the International Dhaulagiri Expedition, which put two team members on the peak on Oct. 16. The team has American, British and Austrian climbers.

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