Well-known mountaineer Malli Mastan Babu, who had gone went missing in the Andes mountains, has been found dead. Babu was on a mountain expedition in Argentina. Malli Mastan Babu had left for the Andes trek on December 16 but went missing on March 24 after the weather turned bad. After his reported disappearance, the Ministry of External Affairs was coordinating with South America over the search of Malli Mastan Babu.
The 40-year-old Babu hailed from Nellore in Andra Pradesh and was an alumnus of IIT-Kharagpur and IIM-Calcutta. He was the first Indian to scale Mt Vinson Massif, the tallest peak in Antarctica, and the first person from Andhra Pradesh to scale the Mt Everest. He had also got the distinction of becoming the "fastest seven summiteer" in the world. R.I.P.