Body Of Mountaineer Ruth McCance Finally Retrieved From Himalayas
Four bodies have been airlifted by helicopter from Nanda Devi East in India, including that of Sydney mountaineer Ruth McCance, authorities say.
Just days after Australian mountaineer Ruth McCance was farewelled at a Sydney memorial service, her body has been airlifted off a remote mountain in India's Himalayas.
An eight-member international mountaineering team, including McCance, went missing during an expedition on Nanda Devi East after they were hit by an avalanche in late May.
Paramilitary soldiers located the bodies of seven of the eight climbers at an altitude of more than 5000 metres more than a week ago.
They were then moved in bags by a team travelling on foot to a site where they could be more easily be reached by helicopters.
Four bodies have so far been retrieved during a mission on Wednesday - including the body of a woman.
Pithoragarh district magistrate Dr Vijay Kumar Jogdande told AAP that body is believed to be "Ruth McCance from Australia".
The bodies have been brought back to the Pithoragarh district headquarters more than 100 kilometres away from the retrieval site.
A second aerial mission was expected to retrieve the remaining three bodies.
Jogdande said the recovery effort had been successful "apart from that one person who is missing ... we could not trace him".
A search mission for the eighth body had to be stopped on June 27 as the weather became inclement due to the approach of the monsoon season.
McCance's husband, Trent Goldsack, on Monday returned to the Sydney church where the couple wed in 2006 to mourn his wife.
More than 300 people packed into the memorial service at St James' Church in the city to farewell the avid climber, sailor and jazz singer.
In a eulogy delivered on behalf of Goldsack, McCance's stepdaughter, Roanna McClelland, spoke of a spiritual woman with boundless time for others.
"You did not meet Ruth, you entered into a relationship with her," McClelland said, reading the grieving husband's words.
A memorial concert is planned for later this month to raise money for St Laurence House where McCance served as a board member.