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Indian officials identify bodies of 3 British climbers

July 6, 2019

NEW DELHI (AP) — An Indian official says the bodies of three of the four British climbers who were part of an international expedition to a Himalayan peak have been identified and handed over to officials.

District Magistrate Vijay Kumar Jogdande says the fate of veteran British mountaineer Martin Moran, who led the expedition to Nanda Devi East in northern India, is still not known, with three bodies yet to be identified. An Indian climber’s body was identified earlier this week.

Moran led three other Britons, two Americans, an Australian and an Indian on the expedition. Contact with the team was lost May 26 following an avalanche. The seven bodies were retrieved from a mountain range earlier this week.

The search for the eighth climber has been called off due to poor weather conditions.

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