Bodies of three presumed Polish climbers found on Elbrus

The bodies of presumed Polish climbers have been detected at an altitude of 5,400 meters on Mount Elbrus during a helicopter flight, Russian Emergency Situations Ministry North Caucasus regional center spokesman Kantemir Davydov told Interfax on Aug. 18.

The bodies of presumed Polish climbers have been detected at an altitude of 5,400 meters on Mount Elbrus during a helicopter flight, Russian Emergency Situations Ministry North Caucasus regional center spokesman Kantemir Davydov told Interfax on Aug. 18.

"Two bodies of climbers were seen in a helicopter flight over the western top of Mount Elbrus and the northern slope, and a third body or parts of their gear were seen nearby. Probably, these are the bodies of the three Polish citizens who have been missing for two days," Davydov said.

The technicalities of further works are now being chosen, he said.

A group of six Polish citizens registered at the Elbrus highland search and rescue unit split in the descent from Elbrus on Sunday. Three climbers completed their descent and telephone contact with the other three was lost. The search started on Monday morning. Rescuers found a backpack containing the passport of one of the missing climbers.

The search was suspended on Monday evening due to bad weather.

It resumed on Aug. 18 with the support of an aircraft.

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