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University of Toronto Professor Missing in Avalanche

The avalanche struck on Sunday and the other team members are still waiting for a search and rescue team

University of Toronto professor Peter Wittek, 37, is missing in India after an avalanche struck during an expedition. He was part of a team climbing Mount Trishul in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand, India. He was with five other climbers when the avalanche hit.

According to reports, Wittek was alone in his tent at 5,900 metres when the avalanche occurred. Everyone else was able to get away. One of the team managers activated an SOS distress beacon on Sunday. A rescue team has been sent, but it’s been three days since the avalanche. Helicopters have not been able to search due to poor weather.

The trip took over a year to plan and the other climbers are waiting to return home. The team manager said the trip took more than a year to plan. Trishul consists of three peaks and was first climbed in 1905. The regular route sees regular ascents. Wittek received his PhD in computer science from the National University of Singapore and has an MSc in Mathematics.

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