Mt Everest Climbers Presumed Dead After Icy Collapse in Treacherous ‘Death Zone’
Mt Everest Climbers Presumed Dead After Icy Collapse in Treacherous ‘Death Zone’

NEPAL: In a tragic turn of events on Mount Everest, two climbers are presumed dead after a section of an icy ridge collapsed in what is known as the 'death zone'. The incident occurred during a perilous week on the world's highest peak.

Kenyan and Nepali climbers have tragically lost their lives near Mount Everest's summit, tourism officials reported on Thursday. This brings the season's death toll on the world's highest mountain to at least four. Additionally, three mountaineers, including the Kenyan climber's guide, are currently missing.

The missing climbers are Daniel Paterson, a 39-year-old British mountaineer, and his Nepali guide, Pas Tenji Sherpa, aged 23. They have been missing since a cornice—a mass of hardened snow hanging over a cliff's edge—suddenly fell on Tuesday, dragging climbers down the mountain's side. According to The BBC, they were part of a 15-person group that had successfully reached the summit, standing at 29,032 feet.

The expedition was organized by 8K Expeditions, a Mount Everest adventure company. They confirmed the incident, stating, "The group were caught in a sudden cornice fall, which impacted the climbers." Despite extensive search efforts, the company expressed regret in an Instagram post on Thursday, announcing, "Despite exhaustive search efforts, we regret to confirm that Daniel and Pas Tenji were unable to be recovered."

This incident serves as a stark reminder of the dangers faced by climbers in the unforgiving conditions of Mount Everest's 'death zone'.

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