University of York lecturer missing in the Himalayas

Part of a group of eight climbers missing


A University of York senior lecturer Richard Payne is one of eight climbers who haven't yet returned back from their 7,816m climb of the Himalayas. It's said the group were attempting a climb of the summit of India's second highest peak.

Richard Payne is one of four British climbers who are yet to return to base. He lectures in the Environment department for Environmental Geography students.

The group were expected back at the base camp two days ago, search and rescue teams have been sent to find the group including an Indian Air Force helicopter according to the BBC.

Speaking to Minster FM the university was quoted saying they are "extremely concerned" for him and were aware he has now been reported missing in the Himalayan region.

Along with the four British climbers, Richard Payne is also climbing with two American, one Australian and an Indian climber.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office is working with Indian authorities to help locate the climbers.