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John Snorri’s family: “Certain uncertainty removed”

John Snorri Sigurjónsson’s family has issued a statement regarding the latest information about the fate of John and his friends who died on the mountain K2 last February.

Yesterday it was reported that three bodies had been found on K2 and they are believed to be John Snorri, Juan Pablo Mohr and Ali Sadpara.

The family statement can be read in its entirety below:

Certain uncertainty has now been removed about the fate of John Snorri, Muhammad Ali Sadpara and Juan Pablo Mohr on K2 on February 5, as the search for them has now been successful.

It is entirely up to the Pakistani authorities to decide whether to try to get their bodies off the mountain, but conditions on K2 are very difficult. It is important that the safety of those who take part in such operations is ensured if a decision is made to transfer them to a base camp.

According to information from Elia Saikaly, who is on K2, the location of John and Ali is above the so-called Bottleneck on K2, while Juan’s location is much closer to Camp 4. Given the circumstances, there are strong indications that they were on their way down from the top of the mountain when they died.

Personal belongings, cameras and other equipment they brought with them will probably shed more light on what happened on this fateful day and, among other things, answer the question of whether they have reached the top of K2. The management of that investigation will also be in the hands of the Pakistani authorities and all information on the results will come from them.

“The John family would like to thank you for the warmth, support and care we have been shown in recent months and we would like to reiterate our sincere thanks to everyone who has taken part in the search for John Snorri, Ali and J Pablo,” says Lína Móey, wife of John Snorri.

Source: Þorvaldur S. Helgason –

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