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Rescuers climbing towards camp 3, search to summit to start on May 13

Rescuers climbing towards camp 3, search to summit to start on May 13

11 May 2018 | 16:32 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. Despite the bad weather, the rescuers searching for Bulgarian climber Boyan Petrov in the Himalayas are on their way to camp 3, Chinese Ambassador to Bulgaria Zhang Haizhou said at a briefing, Focus News Agency reports. The rescuers are planning to start a search and rescue operation from camp 3 (7,300 m) to Shishapangma on May 13 once the weather improves a little. The two helicopters from Nepal are waiting about 25 km from the peak.
The Chinese authorities already have nearly 100 people in the base camp, 25 of which are rescuers and the others – medical and logistics teams. According to information provided by the ambassador, the first 12 rescuers are already climbing from the base camp (5,800 m) to camp 1 (6,400 m). Tomorrow seven of the 12 will leave for camp 2 (6,800 m) and then will continue to camp 3 (7,300 m). Currently, no operation can be carried out at over 7,300 m due to bad weather. The weather will remain adverse tomorrow, but an improvement is expected on May 13.
Boyan Petrov went missing several days ago while trying to climb Shishapangma.
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Helicopters join search for climber Boyan Petrov

Helicopters join search for climber Boyan Petrov

11 May 2018 | 09:45 | FOCUS News Agency
Kathmandu. Three helicopters equipped for rescue operations flew from Kathmandu Airport this morning at 8.30 local time to search for Bulgarian climber Boyan Petrov in the Himalayas, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Facebook. The third helicopter remains on Nepalese territory near the border to supply fuel to the other two that will carry out the search and rescue operation. The Bulgarian embassy in Delhi has received information that the helicopters have reached the foot of the Shishapangma summit and are waiting for the wind to ease before flying at the planned altitude. The teams include experienced pilots and mountaineers, including people who know Shishapangma.
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Still no final permit for helicopter to search for climber Boyan Petrov in Himalayas

Still no final permit for helicopter to search for climber Boyan Petrov in Himalayas

10 May 2018 | 09:47 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. There is still no final permit for a helicopter to join the search for mountaineer Boyan Petrov, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Ekaterina Zaharieva told bTV this morning. She said there were some companies and pilots, not many, ready to fly at such altitude. Two helicopters are needed for the rescue operation, one would carry fuel, the minister explained. Three additional rescuers are being sent to join the search. Until now, the rescuers have reached 6,100 m above sea level. Favourable weather conditions are expected this afternoon, Zaharieva added.
Boyan Petrov has been missing since May 3. He has participated in an expedition to Shishapangma in the Himalayas with 10 other people. The organisers of the expedition have said that Boyan started climbing towards Shishapangma on April 29 and has not returned to the basecamp since then.
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Bulgaria continues looking for helicopter to search for Boyan Petrov at over 6,100 m

Bulgaria continues looking for helicopter to search for Boyan Petrov at over 6,100 m

9 May 2018 | 12:22 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. The Bulgarian authorities continue looking for a helicopter capable of searching for missing climber Boyan Petrov at an altitude of over 6,100 m, Minister of Foreign Affairs Ekaterina Zaharieva told reporters. It turned out that the found helicopter with capacity to fly at over 5,000 m, as reported yesterday, could only reach up to 6,100 m where there are already rescuers ready to continue searching for the mountaineer when the weather allows, the minister said, quoted by Focus News Agency. She also said that, unlike reports yesterday, a helicopter was requested only this morning and the Chinese authorities were fully cooperating. Bulgaria has been assured that permission for a helicopter to fly will be given when the weather allows.
After sending rescuers and discussing the possibilities about helicopters, China will continue providing full support in the search for Boyan Petrov, Chinese Ambassador to Bulgaria Zhang Haizhou told reporters after a meeting with Prime Minister Boyko Borissov and Ekaterina Zaharieva.
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The search for climber Boyan Petrov in the Himalayas continues

The search for climber Boyan Petrov in the Himalayas continues

9 May 2018 | 08:27 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. Depending on the weather today, the team of six professional mountain rescuers, who have been on route to the summit of Shishapangma since yesterday, will join the search for Bulgarian mountaineer Boyan Petrov, the Bulgarian National Radio reported. They are currently at about 6,000 m above sea level, waiting for the weather to improve. The Nepalese authorities have said that they are ready to provide a helicopter for altitudes of over 5,000 m. The Bulgarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has requested permission from the Chinese authorities to include the helicopter in the search for Boyan Petrov.
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MFA: Diplomatic efforts on search for Boyan Petrov continue

MFA: Diplomatic efforts on search for Boyan Petrov continue

8 May 2018 | 18:10 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. Bulgaria’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and diplomatic missions in Beijing and Delhi remain in permanent contact with Chinese and Nepalese authorities with a request for an intense search for Bulgarian mountaineer Boyan Petrov and have been assured that the competent authorities are doing everything possible, the ministry said in a press release. A team of six rescuers sent on the route to the summit this morning is currently at an altitude of about 6,000 m above sea level, waiting for the weather to improve in order to continue the search. Boyan Petrov was last spotted at over 7,000 m. The Tibet Mountaineering Association has informed the Bulgarian embassy in Beijing that its flying equipment cannot fly and carry out rescue operations at over 5,000 m. The Nepalese authorities have said that they are ready to provide a helicopter for an altitude of over 5,000 m. The Chinese authorities have been asked to include it in the search for Boyan Petrov.
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Sherpas do not find Boyan Petrov in camp 1 below Shishapangma

Sherpas do not find Boyan Petrov in camp 1 below Shishapangma

8 May 2018 | 15:12 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. The three Sherpas who are searching for missing climber Boyan Petrov reached camp 1 below the summit of Shishapangma, but the Bulgarian was not there, his wife Radoslava Nenova told the Bulgarian National Radio. The operation was suspended for today. The three Sherpas will stay in the area and will resume the search towards camp 2 tomorrow. They left this morning for camp 1 below the 8,000-m Shishapangma in the Himalayas to search for Boyan Petrov, who has been missing since May 3.
Speaking to Focus Radio, Radoslava Nenova said that bad weather did not allow for a helicopter to join the rescue operation for now. “The wind is very strong and it could hardly climb higher than the rescue team,” she said, adding that a helicopter might fly over the area tomorrow at the earliest. The team has reached an altitude of 6,000 m and cannot continue the search today due to a strong storm, she added.
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If possible, helicopters from China will search for Boyan Petrov, organiser of expedition says

If possible, helicopters from China will search for Boyan Petrov, organiser of expedition says

8 May 2018 | 10:26 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. “It is not unusual for Boyan to leave his phone at the base camp, after all he knew the other climbers would follow the day after and they had their own satellite phone,” Deyan Petkov, one of the organisers of the expedition, told Nova TV. "The phone is heavy and the batteries die after three to four days in that cold weather. To warm things up while walking, you have to keep them close to your body. I suppose he preferred to carry other things,” Petkov said.
Bulgarian mountaineer Boyan Petrov has been missing since May 3. His absence was noticed in the area of Shishapangma at about 7,500 m above sea level. It is not the first time Boyan has been missing for a week, he prefers to climb alone, Petkov explained, adding that they believe he is in Camp 1 where there is food and water. According to him, there is no storm in the area, but the weather is bad with strong wind. If the weather permits, helicopters from China will also take part in the rescue operation.
Petkov described as normal the fact that Boyan's tent was found at the Camp 3, people leave even their backpacks and only take immediate necessities, when attempting the summit, he said.
The rescue operation will be launched today, weather permitting.
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MFA: Bulgarian mountaineer Boyan Petrov missing in the Himalayas since May 3

MFA: Bulgarian mountaineer Boyan Petrov missing in the Himalayas since May 3

7 May 2018 | 13:36 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. Bulgarian mountaineer Boyan Petrov has gone missing during an expedition in the Himalayas. On May 6, the Bulgarian embassy in Beijing received information from the Tibet Mountaineering Association that the man had been missing since May 3, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said. He was taking part in the expedition together with 10 other people. His absence was noticed by the other members in the area of Shishapangma at about 7,500 m above sea level. Three people were immediately sent to search for him. In the morning of May 6, at 7,350 m above sea level, the tent and sleeping bag were found, but not the climber himself. The search was temporarily halted due to a sudden worsening of the weather conditions. The head of the expedition told the Tibet Mountaineering Association that the search for the Bulgarian mountaineer continued.
Boyan Petrov started climbing alone towards the peak of Shishapangma on April 29, the team of Kalifa, organiser of the expedition, wrote on Facebook. “The Bulgarian mountaineer started climbing toward the peak alone after many of his co-mountaineers turned back due to the bad weather. Hungarian mountaineer Dávid Klein, who is also on the Shishapangma, follows the events. If we receive news from him about the Bulgarian mountaineer, we will inform you on our Facebook page! Until then, we keep up the hope for the return of Boyan Petrov,” the team wrote.
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