Canadian University Professor Missing in Himalayas After Avalanche Struck his Camp

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Peter Wittek is missing since an avalanche struck his camp in India. Credit: Gripped

Peter Wittek, 37, is missing in India after an avalanche struck during an expedition. The University of Toronto Professor was part of a team of six climbing Mount Trishul in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand, India.

According to Gripped, Wittek was alone in his tent at 19,356-feet when the avalanche struck. The other five members of the team were able to get away. One of the team managers managed to activate 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.

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Mount Trishul, India. Credit: India Mike

The other climbers are waiting to return home. Wittek received his Ph.D. in computer science from the National University of Singapore and has an MSc in Mathematics.

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