Mount Everest: three more fatal accidents confirmed

Posted: May 21, 2012 03:33 pm EDT

(Newsdesk) A massive push in spiking wind claimed at least three more climbers over the weekend on Mount Everest.

On the south side, German Eberhard Schaaf is believed to have died of AMS (reported yesterday). South Korean Song Won-Bin reportedly died at the Balcony. ExWeb's correspondent in Korea Kyu Dam Lee says the climber was member of a Korean expedition (OB team of Chung-Nam High School) to cerebrate 50th anniversary of his high school. The young mountaineer reportedly fell, and the expedition leader suspects he might have suffered High Altitude Cerebral Edema.

Tilak Pandey, a tourism ministry official at Everest base camp, told AFP that a 33-year-old Nepali-born Canadian woman named Shriya Shah died on Sunday. AFP also report 55-year-old Chinese climber Ha Wenyi found dead at 8,600 metres.

Reports indicate the accidents were caused by general exposure to the high altitude.

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Image of mountain ghost rising over Everest Base camp. "We are grieving, no doubt, but there is peace that comes from knowing that he was in his element living one of the greatest times of his life," wrote a family about a loved one unrelated to this year.
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