CHENGDU, June 8 (Xinhua) -- Rescuers Monday found the body of the second of
three missing U.S. climbers on Mount Gongga in southwest China's Sichuan
Province, rescuers said.
The body which had not been identified was found at 10:23 a.m. in snow, 300
meters from the first body, 4,000 meters above the sea level, said Lin Li,
general secretary of Sichuan Mountaineering Association.
Lin said the body might be one of the photographers of the climbing team,
judging from his belongings, Lin told Xinhua.
The body was found by a search team that included three leading Chinese
climbers -- deputy head of China mountaineering team Tsenor, coach Li Qingfu and
the provincial mountaineering association coach Li Zongli, he said.
The search for the third climber would continue, but his chances of
survival were very slim, Lin said.
The extreme bad weather had greatly hindered the search, Lin said.
The missing Americans are Jonathan Copp, 35, Micah Dash, 32, and Wade
Johnson, 25, They disappeared after a series of avalanches on the mountain, said
Li Zhixin, of the Chinese Mountaineering Association, on Sunday.
The first found body was the well-known climber Jonathan Copp. His body was
found on the mountain at 4,000 meters above sea level, at 9:13 a.m. Saturday,
The team of two climbers and two photographers planned to ascend the summit
of Mount Gongga (Mount Edgar), at 6,400 meters above sea level, on May 1 and
return on May 28, and they had bought flight tickets for May 6, according to the
plan they submitted to local government for their climbing registration.
One of the photographers returned early, but the others had failed to
return on May 6. The search began on June 3, the day the association received
Four U.S. climbers had arrived at the mountain and joined Chinese
Mount Gongga is the highest mountain in Sichuan and one of the seven
highest mountains open to the public in China. Only 24 people have successfully
reached the summit and 22 have died on the mountain.