In a daring attempt on the early morning of July 31, 2018 Pakistan Army Aviation pilots rescued a Russian climber Alexander Gukov who was stuck at 20,650 feet high Latok Peak I in Biafo Glacier in Northern Areas of Pakistan.
The Russian climber was later shifted to CMH Skardu for necessary medical care. The unprecedented rescue mission was undertaken by Pakistan Army Aviation helicopters under extreme weather conditions making it the first-ever rescue from such height in Pakistan.
It is worth mentioning that that the Russian climber was stuck on Latok Top since July 25 and had exhausted his supplies 3 days before his rescue. Seven rescue attempts were made between July 26-30 but due to snow clouds the climber couldn’t be located or rescued.