Yangon (dpa) – A Chinese rescue team joined the search for two mountaineers missing in northern Myanmar for 12 days, an official said Saturday.
The Blue Sky team, Chinese largest civilian rescue service, was heading to Kachin state in the hope of finding the two missing Myanmar mountaineers, said an official from the Chinese embassy who requested anonymity.
“The team arrived Yangon this morning and now heads to Putao town of Kachin state,” he said.
The two climbers were reported missing on Mount Hkaka Borazi since they lost contact with the rest of the eight-man team after reaching the summit on August 31. Tay Za, a Myanmar tycoon with links to the former ruling junta who is still blacklisted by US sanctions, launched a rescue mission to the mountain on September 10.
A military aircraft and two private helicopters owned by Tay Za were being used in the search, he posted on his Facebook page Friday. Hkaka Borazi is located in the eastern Himalayas. A geological survey carried out in 1925 measured the mountain at 5,881 metres, the highest in Myanmar as well as in all of south-east Asia.