3 foreign climbers dead, 1 missing near top of Mount Everest

23 Mai, 2017, 10:28 | Author: Claudine Rigal

This former stray dog has become the first canine on record to climb Mount Everest after trekking for 10 days with the owner who rescued him to base camp, 17,000 feet above sea level.

Two more people died attempting to ascend Nepal's Mount Everest, officials and expedition leaders said, bringing the weekend death toll to four.

Everest Parivar Expedition agency spokesperson Murari Sharma told the Chicago Tribune that specifics of Yearwood's death were not immediately known, though he reportedly died near the mountain's summit.

It was above the 8,000 meters, in the "zone of death" -that area where altitude and oxygen deficiency deteriorate the functioning of the organs and where the terrain is particularly difficult- American physician Roland Yearwood.

The only information that is known about Yearwood's climb is that he was part of the 16-member team led by climber Daniel Mazur from the United States.

The Mackay man, named as Francesco Marchetti, was suffering from altitude sickness when he died while climbing down to a lower camp from the North Col route at an altitude of 7500 metres, the Himalayan Times reported.

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Climbers from the USA and Slovakia also died on the Nepalese side of the mountain on Sunday.

A day earlier, a 54-year-old Australian climber died from altitude sickness on the Tibet side.

More than 200 climbers have so far successfully summited Everest this season from the two sides. "Today there might be as many at 150 climbers reaching the top from the Nepal side, but it isn't a record number", Ang Tsering Sherpa, head of the Nepal Mountaineering Association, told AFP.

Three Sherpa rescuers were flown by helicopter to Camp 2, from where they are climbing the mountain to search for the missing climber. In 2015, after he survived the quake on Everest, his wife said that nothing could faze him.

The Nepalese Tourism Department has issued a record 371 permits this for people to scale the 8,848-meter (29,030-foot) mountain, while almost 200 climbers went from Tibet.

Indian climber Ravi Kumar, 27, reached the summit on Saturday but lost contact shortly after. Min Bahadur Sherchan died at the Everest base camp on Saturday evening while attempting to regain his title as the oldest person to climb Mount Everest.


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