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Stranded backpackers rescued after 30 hours on NW China mountain

(Xinhua)

13:35, March 27, 2012

Rescuers carry an injured tourist to go downhill on the Maya Mountain in the Tibetan Autonomous County of Tianzhu in northwest China's Gansu Province, March 27, 2012. Rescuers on Monday morning reached three backpackers who went missing on the Maya Mountain. All of the three climbers, one of whom is in a semi-comatose state while the other two sustained minor injuries, had been rescued in early hours of Tuesday. As part of a 64-member team of backpackers climbing Maya Mountain, the three climbers fell into a mountain pit on Sunday evening, according to local authorities. (Xinhua/Nie Jianjiang)

LANZHOU, March 27 (Xinhua) -- Three backpackers who had been stranded in a snow-covered mountain in northwest China for more than 30 hours were rescued early Tuesday morning.
Rescuers said all of the climbers are in a stable condition, although one sustained injuries and was carried off the mountain on a stretcher.

The three were part of a 64-member team of backpackers who were climbing Maya Mountain in the Tianzhu Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in Gansu Province.

The three became stranded Sunday evening after falling into a deep pit, local authorities said.

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