Saturday 7 December 2019

Climbers killed on descent of Everest

Mount Everest. Photo: Associated Press
Mount Everest. Photo: Associated Press

Dean Nelson in Nepal

Three climbers have been killed and one is missing, presumed dead, after scaling Everest, in the worst disaster on the world's highest mountain since 2004.

A German doctor, a Nepalese-Canadian businesswoman and a Chinese man died as they descended from the summit on Saturday, officials confirmed yesterday.

A South Korean climber remains missing and is believed dead.

The climbers were among 341 who have attempted Everest since the season opened in April and among the 90 foreigners and 17 Sherpas to be successful.

More than 200 people have died attempting to climb Everest.


Nepalese officials named the dead as Dr Eberhard Schaaf (62), from Aachen, Germany, Wang-yi Fa (55), from China, and Shriya Shah (32), a Canadian.

Song Won-Bin (44), from South Korea, remains missing.

The head of the Asian Trekking Company, which organised the expedition, said Dr Schaaf died from altitude sickness, but a government spokesman said he was hit by an avalanche at about 28,000 feet. Shriya Shah and Wang-yi Fa were killed when "unexpected winds blew them down the mountain", the spokesman said. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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