Putting all the apprehension into rest, Musa Ibrahim, the first Bangladeshi Everest conqueror, and two of his Indian co-mountaineers were rescued from the base camp of Mount Carstensz at 5:23am on Monday.
“Musa and his teammates have been rescued safely. Thank you friends for being with us. Thank you Minister Mohammed Shahriar Alam for being part of it and your continuous updates. Thank you all the well-wishers for keeping them in your prayers,” said Ummey Sharaban Tahura, wife of Musa in her Facbook post.
In his Facebook status, State Minister for Foreign Affairs Mohammed Shahriar Alam quoted Satyarup Siddhanta and Musa Ibrahim saying, “So many stories will be untold and will never be mentioned documented or to be told but will be in our heart. The adventures of Carstensz pyramid once upon a time.”
“Now I am going to get to sleep. They would take around 10 minutes to reach plain land. All stay good,” Shahriar added.
Talking to media, Musa said after failing to reach the mountaineers twice in the last two days due to bad weather, rescuers managed to land their helicopter at the base camp and airlifted us at around 5:30am.
“We have finally reached the nearest airport in Timika half an hour later,” he added.
Bangladesh Embassy in Indonesia has arranged the helicopter to rescue the Bangladeshi and Indian mountaineers.
Due to inclement weather, the three mountaineers — Musa and Satyarup Siddhanta and Nandita Chandrashekhar of India — stranded at the base camp while climbing Mount Carstensz Pyramid in Papua New Guinea of Indonesia for last five days since Jun 13.
On May 30, Musa left Dhaka for his new expedition titled Bangladesh-India Friendship to scale up Carstensz Pyramid, the highest mountain in the continent of Oceania.
The three mountaineers began the expedition on June 1 and were expected to finish by June 18.
Carstensz Pyramid is the highest mountain of Oceania. The 4,884-metre peak in Indonesia’s Papua Province is locally known as Puncak Jaya.
Musa, the first Bangladeshi to scale the Mount Everest in 2010, is expected to start for Bangladesh on Jun 21.