Bodies of four of the missing navy personnel were retrieved on Saturday, a day after an Indian Navy mountaineering expedition was hit by an avalanche on Mount Trishul. According to naval sources, the mortal remains of Lt Cdr Rajnikant Yadav, Lt Cdr Yogesh Tiwari, Lt Cdr Anant Kukreti and Hari Om MCPO II were retrieved from Chamoli on Saturday.
Efforts are on to locate the fifth naval climber and one Sherpa missing since the incident.
Earlier in the day, a search and rescue team of the Nehru Institute of Mountaineering (NIM) spotted the four bodies on the mountain slope.
The NIM principal, Colonel Amit Bisht said four bodies had been spotted on the mountain slope from a helicopter. He said the operation is likely to end on Sunday.
It will be recalled that a 20-member team was on an expedition to the 7,120 metres high Mount Trishul. On Friday, a 10-member group began the ascent but was caught in an avalanche at a height of 6,700 metres. Five climbers and one Sherpa went missing after the avalanche which took place early morning at about 5 am.