Czechs rescued in Pakistan may not leave without paying for rescue

Two Czech climbers who were rescued in Pakistan will be detained there until they cover the cost of the operation to save them, the news site iRozhlas.cz reported. The minister of tourism in Gilgit-Balistan in the Kashmir region informed a local newspaper of the decision, saying the operation had cost up to CZK 515,000.

Earlier this month Czechs Jakub Vlček and Petr Macek and a Pakistani climber were unable to descend a mountain and had to be taken down by helicopter after several days. They had neither the required permits nor appropriate insurance.

A Czech Foreign Ministry spokesperson said the country’s embassy in Islamabad was in contact with the two Czechs.

Author: Ian Willoughby