South Korean Paralympic Games missing from Pakistan Mountain | Asia Pacific News
The Broad Peak is Jin Hongbin’s last ascent of the 14 highest mountains in the world.
The Pakistan Alpine Club stated that a South Korean Paralympic athlete disappeared after falling from Broad Peak, 8,047 meters (26,400 feet) above the Karakoram Mountains in northern Pakistan, the 12th highest peak in the world.
The club said on Tuesday that Jin Hongbin, 57, had participated in alpine skiing at the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Paralympics on behalf of his country. He climbed to the top with other climbers on Sunday, but encountered bad weather on his way down the mountain.
Jin fell into a crack on the Chinese side of the mountain, which is part of the Karakoram Mountains on the Pakistan-China border.
The head of the Alpine Club, Carl Hedri, told Reuters: “Everyone else is looking for him, but they can’t stay there and have to come down.”
“A search operation is currently underway, and when the weather permits, the helicopter will join the work.”
South Korean President Moon Jae-in said in a tweet that he would hope to find Kim Jong-un and wait for him to return safely.
Broad Peak is Kim’s last attempt to climb the 14 highest peaks in the world. It is called “Yaqian Mountain” because all peaks are over 8,000 meters. He climbed Mount Everest in 2007.
Moon’s news came after he congratulated Kim on becoming the first disabled person to climb all 14 peaks.
“Hong Bin is now the first disabled person in the world to climb all eight thousand peaks,” Haidley said.
In 1991, Kim was frostbited and lost all his fingers while climbing in Mount Denali, Alaska. Then he started alpine skiing and participated in a national paragliding competition.
Expected helicopter to take off
South Korean Foreign Ministry spokesperson Choi Young-san said at a briefing that the South Korean Foreign Ministry asked Pakistan and China to help find Kim Jong-un.
Both parties agreed that Pakistan stated that if weather permits, a helicopter will take off as soon as possible, Cui said.
Kim also established an organization to teach mountaineering and other outdoor sports to disabled children.
In February, three climbers-Pakistan’s Mohamed Ali Zapala, Iceland’s Jon Snowy and Chile’s Juan Pablo Moore-were trying to reach the world’s second highest peak in Pakistan. Unfortunately, he died at K2 at 8,611 meters.