TBILISI, Aug. 31 (Xinhua) -- The Georgian interior ministry on Saturday said that its mountain rescuers had found the body of Croatian climber Nenad Chulich 39 years after he went missing in an avalanche on the Georgian Caucasus mountain Ushba.
The famous Croatian climber went missing and presumed dead along with three other fellow climbers in 1974.
The bodies of two climbers were found right after the avalanche while the third body was found in 2012.
The Georgian rescuers were tipped off this month by climbers about the possible whereabouts of the fourth body.
Local television footage on Saturday showed that local rescuers had found remaining items of the Croatian climber on a Ushba glacier before taking his remains down the mountain.
The body of Nenad Chulich has been transferred to Mestia in northwestern Georgia. The Georgian authorities have reportedly notified the family of the Croatian climber about the finding.
Though it does not rank in the top 10 highest mountain peaks along the Major Caucasus Mountain Range, the 4,690-meter Mount Ushba is considered the most difficult to ascend in the Caucasus.
John Garford Cokklin and Ulrich Almer conquered the south summit of the twin summit Mount Ushba in 1888 while a joint German-Swiss-Austrian expedition surmounted its north summit in 1903.