Search called off for missing Derbyshire climber

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A Derbyshire climber who has been missing since last month has now been presumed dead and the search for him called off.

Rescue teams were searching for Tom Ballard and his Italian climbing partner on the 9th highest mountain in the world, Nanga Parbat in Pakistan.

The 8,000 metre-high mountain is also known to climbers as "Killer Mountain" and reportedly has a fatality rate of more than 20%.

Family members were crowdfunding to pay for the search, which involved the use of military helicopters and drones.

The pair hadn't been seen or heard from since 24th March. It is thought they may have been hit by a powerful avalanche.

Tom is the son of Alison Hargreaves, the first woman to scale Mount Everest alone. She died at age 33 while descending the summit of K2.


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