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Old 10-01-2013   #1
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Kayakers need rescue!!! in Eastern Tajikistan

From social media:


Cooper's family (at the recommendation of the state department) has requested this to be posted to social media in the hopes that someone may be in the area that can provide any sort of assistance (kayaker, hiker, or anyone that has any pull locally). My understanding is that a helicopter was promised today and it didn't happen. It's also been promised for tomorrow, but at least one family is afraid it won't happen.

"Can you help to send a tweet for any assistance in finding 5 kayakers (Ben Luck, Cooper Lambla, Matt Klema, Nate Klema, Charles King) in Eastern Tajikistan. Coordinates of emergency beacon are 38.83227 N, 72.860240 E

Please post to social media or share with anyone who may be in the Tajikistan region.

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Old 10-01-2013   #2
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Man I hate hearing stuff like this hope the boys are alright!

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Old 10-01-2013   #3
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Is there any more details?
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Old 10-01-2013   #4
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Damn. We all know its serious when they pressed the button. Tajikstan is next door to Afghanistan. Maybe trying to get a hold of senators etc. to push for a military chopper from nearby troops might be something to try.

Hoping for good outcomes for these guys.
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Old 10-01-2013   #5
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From a friend of mine, apparently AKDN/University of Central Asia has a helicopter based in TJ, which they use for the Dushanbe-Khorogh route. I don't know what that means exactly, and hopefully someone more connected has already looked into this, but I figured I would mention it.

I wish we had more details.
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Old 10-01-2013   #6
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I plugged the coordinates into Google Earth - they're a long way from the nearest Starbucks...
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Old 10-01-2013   #7
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These coordinates put them on or near the Balandkiik river.

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Old 10-01-2013   #8
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Andy - please be serious.
Coopers family is looking for real help and answers here.
This Is a serious situation.
Any help is appreciated.
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Old 10-01-2013   #9
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I might suggest contacting Vladimir Gavrilov of - he is in California now but has written a whitewater guidebook to this area and probably has many contacts.
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Old 10-01-2013   #10
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Here's an update from facebook as of 10:00 p.m.:

Rush Sturges
Hey just wanted to give everyone this update I just received from @Robert Bart RE: Kayakers in Tajikistan:

"A helicopter is supposed to launch in the next few hours and a group of hunters is supposed to be hiking to find the guys in Tajikistan. Hopefully in the next 6-10 hours the guys will be safe and all accounted for-

If something comes up, we are working with people in country at this point to make sure there is a back up plan to get a heli in the air-


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