Dutch, Australian climbers die on Mt Everest
May 22, Kathmandu: A Dutch man and an Australian woman died after suffering altitude sickness, snow blindness and frostbite near the top of Mt Everest, the first death this year on the world’s highest mountain.
According to expedition organisers Eric Arnold from Rotterdam, the Netherlands, and Dr. Maria Strydom from Australia died near Camp IV.
Pemba Sherpa, manager of Seven Summit Treks, said the climbers were part of an expedition team led by Arnold Coster.
Eric Arnold, 35, had enough bottled oxygen with him, as well as climbing partners, but he complained of getting weak and died Friday night near South Col before he was able to get to a lower altitude, said Pasang Phurba of the Agency.
Just hours after Arnold died, Australian climber Maria Strydom also showed signs of altitude sickness Saturday afternoon before she died, Phurba said.
Their deaths were the first confirmed this year on Everest, where favorable weather has allowed hundreds of climbers to reach the summit. The busy season follows two years in which Everest was virtually empty due to disasters, reports said.
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