Drone Helps Find Mountain Climber Who Was Feared Dead in the Himalayas

Watch the exhilarating moment a drone found a missing mountaineer alive.

Rick Allen was on an excursion with his climbing partner when he fell after a solo attempt on the 26,401-foot summit of Broad Peak, the 12th highest mountain in the world. A day after he disappeared on the Himalayan peak, people feared the worst. But he was discovered by a drone, alive and on a steep ice cliff!

He was found on July 10, 2018 using a Mavic Pro drone piloted from K2 Base Camp by Polish climber Bartek Bargiel, the brother of the Andrzej Bargiel who is aiming to beat the K2 ascent record and become the first person to ski down the mountain.

The video shows the moment Bargiel’s drone discovered Allen on a steep ice cliff. Climbers and Sherpas already on the mountain then found Allen in the evening, brought him down to safety through the darkness, and arrived at Base Camp on July 12, according to Allan’s blog post.

“After being examined by a doctor at basecamp, Rick is okay all things considered and has a few superficial cuts and some frostnip,” Allan wrote.

Remarkable! Click the video below to see the moment Allen is discovered by the drone and rescuers for yourself.

And for a dramatic first-person account of the rescue from Allen himself in the video below.

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