Monday, May 21, 2012

Eberhard Schaaf, Shriya Shah and a Korean Climber Die On Mount Everest Descent

Three climbers returning from the summit of Mount Everest have died and two more are missing, a Nepalese mountaineering official says.

Gyanendra Shrestha said a German, a Nepal-born Canadian and a Korean died on Saturday while descending from the 8,850-metre (29,035-foot) summit.

Mr Shrestha said the weather was favourable on Friday and Saturday morning, but a wind storm swept the mountain later on Saturday.

Mr Shrestha, stationed at the base camp of Everest, said he was waiting for details.

German climber 61-year-old doctor Eberhard Schaaf was believed to have suffered high altitude cerebral edema.

The Nepalese-Canadian climber was Shriya Shah, while the Korean mountaineer's name was yet to be confirmed. Source