In Nepal, a British climber died soon after summiting Mount Everest, bringing to ten the total death toll this season on the world’s highest peak. Robin Haynes Fisher reportedly fell ill while descending from the summit. An Irish man, Kevin Hynes, also died on Everest on Friday. There have been reports of overcrowding and queuing climbers near the summit.
Mr Fisher made it to Everest’s summit on Saturday (May 25) morning but collapsed and died only 150m down from the peak, his expedition company confirmed. Guides tried to help Mr Fisher after he “suddenly fell down”, Murari Sharma of Everest Parivar Expedition said.
Despite efforts to wake him and to give him oxygen and water, the climber remained unresponsive and guides radioed their base camp to confirm he had died just 45 minutes after Mr Fisher had stood atop the mountain. Reports said one of his Sherpa guides had also complained of feeling ill, and was rescued to a lower camp.
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20 July, 2019