Search For Malli Mastan Babu: MEA Deploys Helicopter Teams To Search For Ace Indian Mountaineer

03/04/2015 12:46 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST
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Indian mountaineer Malli Mastan Babu (C) poses with children in Ahmedabad on November 29, 2009, following a morale run with some 125 underpriviledged children and women. The 34-year old is the only South Asian to have scaled the seven highest mountain peaks in a record 172 days in 2006. AFP PHOTO/ Sam PANTHAKY (Photo credit should read SAM PANTHAKY/AFP/Getty Images)

NEW DELHI — The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Friday said helicopter teams from Argentina and Chile have been deployed in search for ace Indian mountaineer Malli Mastan Babu on both sides of the mountain range where he went missing.

"Helicopter teams from Argentina and Chile search for Indian moutaineer Malli Mastan Babu on both sides of mountain range where he went missing," MEA spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin tweeted.

His sister, Malli Dorsan Amma, had earlier alleged that time is running out for Babu and nothing was being done to save him.

"I am praying to god to fastrack the procedure. I am mostly quiet and calm but my mother always weeps. I am not able to concentrate on anything," she said.

The ace mountaineer has been missing since March 24 from South America's Andes Mountains and search operations have been trying to locate him since then.

Babu, who hails from Nellore, had in 2006 scaled seven summits of the world in 172 days.

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