1 Swiss and 1 American die on Everest in the first death of the year | World
By BINAJ GURUBACHARYA Associated Press
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) – A Swiss mountaineer and an American have died on Mount Everest when the season’s first casualties on the world’s highest mountain were broken, expedition organizers said Thursday.
Swiss climber Abdul Waraich, 41, reached the summit before struggling, said Chhang Dawa of the expedition organizer, Seven Summit Treks in Nepal.
“Abdul successfully reached the top but started having problems during his descent,” he said. “We sent two more Sherpas with oxygen and food. Unfortunately, the Sherpas couldn’t save him.”
U.S national Puwei Liu, 55, also died at the highest camp on the South Pass mountain, having reached the climbing point called Hillary Step, located between the South Pass and the summit, but had to return in due to snow blindness and exhaustion.
With the help of members of the support team and extra oxygen, he was returned to the South Col camp but died on Wednesday evening, organizers said.
No further details were given about the dead climbers and when their bodies would be slaughtered. Bad weather conditions have so far forced climbers to descend to lower altitudes.
Carrying bodies over icy, slippery slopes at higher altitudes is a difficult task that is time consuming, requires multiple Sherpa workers, and is generally very expensive.