France praises Polish climbers' heroism

The French Foreign Ministry on Monday expressed its recognition for the heroism of Polish climbers who rescued French mountaineer Elisabeth Revol from Nanga Parbat mountain peak in Pakistan.

"France expresses its recognition for the heroism of Polish mountaineers who safely brought down our compatriot Elisabeth Revol, who found herself in a very dangerous situation at Nanga Parbat. Our thoughts go out to her Polish climbing partner Tomek Mackiewicz and his family," reads the statement.

"All those who joined the rescue action gave proof of their exemplary courage and highest effort of solidarity. We are also very pleased with the excellent cooperation of Polish and French representatives in Pakistan, as well as with the authorities of Pakistan," reads a statement by the French Foreign Ministry posted on the website of the French Embassy in Warsaw.

On Sunday, rescuers managed to bring down the French climber from Nanga Parbat, the ninth highest mountain in the world (8,126 metres, or 26,660 feet). They could not reach Mackiewicz, who was stranded at about 7,200 metres.

Mackiewicz and Revol had attempted a winter ascent of the peak, known to be notoriously difficult to climb. After reaching approximately 8,000 metres, they began their descent, becoming stranded at around 7,400 metres due to bad weather. According to some sources, including Revol, she and Mackiewicz managed to reach the peak.

Revol was rescued by a four-man Polish team guided by Adam Bielecki and Denis Urubko at 4,850 metres. The rescuers interrupted an expedition to the nearby K2 peak to carry out the operation

On Sunday, Janusz Majer, head organiser of the K2 expedition, said there was no further chance to rescue Mackiewicz.