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Survivor of K2 avalanche limps into camp

August 06, 2008|From the Associated Press

ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN — The last survivor of a mountaineering disaster on K2 limped into base camp on frostbitten feet.

Italian climber Marco Confortola, 37, was among those stranded on the world's second-highest peak by an avalanche of ice.

Eleven mountaineers died when the avalanche swept some away Friday and left others stranded just below the 28,251-foot summit.

"I am happy to be alive," Confortola said in by phone. A copter later took him to a nearby town, a spokesman said.

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