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19 June, 2017 10:15:08 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 19 June, 2017 08:56:19 PM
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Musa Ibrahim rescued

Independent Online Desk
Musa Ibrahim rescued
Photo: Facebook

Bangladeshi mountaineer Musa Ibrahim and two Indians, who got stuck for the last six days at the base camp of Mount Carstensz Pyramid in Papua Province of Indonesia due to bad weather, were rescued on Monday morning.

The Bangladeshi mountaineer, in his facebook page, confirmed the matter posting pictures after reaching at Indonesian Airport.

Meanwhile, Shahriar Alam, State Minister for Foreign Affairs, also confirmed the matter in his official facebook page.

Bangladesh Embassy in Jakarta had been in close contact with the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, organiser, rescue team and the local guide, who were constantly coordinating with the rescue operation, a diplomat told UNB on Sunday.

Bangladesh Embassy got the news first from Musa Ibrahim's sister and contacted the Asean Secretariat in Jakarta and Indian Embassy, since two other Indian summiteers were also stranded along with Musa.

"We also contacted the National Search and Rescue Agency and looked for their help. However, due to bad weather the helicopter could not land at their base camp," said the diplomat.

Shahriar Alam informed the Bangladesh Mission in Jakarta at 4am Sunday that the weather was good and they could be evacuated.

The Embassy immediately informed the organiser, rescue team and accordingly a helicopter went to rescue them on Sunday morning.

But again due to bad weather they could not landed and the pilot informed Monday morning (6am to 9am) when the weather will be suitable, they will go to rescue them immediately, said the Embassy sources.

"They have food and just wait for good weather," the Sate Minister wrote on his official Facebook page assuring of all their safety.

The State Minister urged everyone to pray for Musa and other mountaineers who got stuck there, adding Asean authorities and Indian Embassy in Indonesia have been working with the Bangladeshi ones to carry out the rescue operation.

A Facebook user who is aware of the development - Noor Ayesha - wrote, "The summiteers of joint Bangladeshi-India Friendship expedition to Mount Carstenze Pyramid - Musa Ibrahim, Satyarup Siddhanta and Nandita Chandra sumitted on June 13 8.50am (BD time) could not be evacuated today!"

She said the helicopter took four good hours this morning to start the rescue journey just as the Timika Airport authorities took the long hours to provide permission.

The weather condition was good in the morning, but by the time the helicopter flew, the clouds formed again. As a result, the helicopter failed to reach the team and had to return to the Airport without successfully completing the mission, she said.

"We're grateful to our State Minister for Foreign Affairs Md Shahriar Alam for his prompt action," she wrote.

Noor Ayesha urged all the friends in the media not to publish or report any misleading information related to this expedition. "We're still waiting for Musa and his team to be rescued."

In his Facebook status, Musa Ibrahim dedicated his success of hoisting the national flag of Bangladesh on the Mount Carstensz Pyramid to the all Bangladeshi. 

"I want to share this happiness with each and every person of Bangladesh", Musa wrote. 

The Mountaineer also expressed his gratitude to State Minister for Foreign Affairs Shahriar Alam, State Minister of Information and Technology Zunaid Ahmed Palak, Ambassador of Bangladesh to Indonesia Major General Azmal Kabir and other officials for their cordial support.unb

 

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