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Uploaded on Aug 6, 2008

PlusLast Climber Rescued Following K2 DisasterLast Climber Rescued Following K2 DisasterThe Associated PressThe frostbitten last survivor of the mountaineering disaster that killed 11 people on the world's second-highest peak was plucked off K2 on Wednesday and taken to a military hospital, a Pakistani army spokesman said. (Aug. 6)A helicopter carries the last survivor of a doomed mission to climb one of the world's most challenging mountains. Italian Marco Confortola was rescued from K-2, nearly five days after an avalanche swept some climbers away and stranded others. (SOT: MAJOR FAROOQ FEROZ, PAKISTAN ARMY SPOKESMAN) "WELL, TODAY PAKISTANI ARMY AVIATION PILOTS HAVE SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED THEIR RESCUE MISSION AND RESCUED 13 KOREAN MEMBERS AND TWO ITALIAN CLIMBERS FROM K2 AREA. 11 climbers died on the world's second-highest peak-the deadliest incident since seven climbers were killed in 1995. As many as 30 mountaineers began the ascent last Friday. (SOT: CAS VAN DE GEVEL (OFF-SCREEN) ON KOREAN AND ITALIAN CLIMBER) "ON THE WAY DOWN, TWO KOREANS WERE HIT BY ICE, WITH MARCO (THE ITALIAN) STILL SAFE." Confortola says the expedition was plagued by inexperience and poor equipment. He says some ropes and spikes easily broke. He told a scientific research group of feeling helpless when he and others made a futile attempt to rescue the three Koreans dangling from a rope. Another survivor blamed mistakes in preparation for the deaths.(NATS IN DUTCH)He also says bad luck and bad weather led to some people not making it down off the mountain.The 37-year-old Confortola is suffering from frostbite. He says he spent a very hard seven days on K-2. ___ ___, The Associated Press.

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