Updated: Ninth Fatality on Everest, Another Missing

As of yesterday, eight people had already died on Everest this spring. Today, there is word of a ninth fatality.

A Malaysian policeman, Askandar Bin Ampuan Yaacub, has died during his summit push, according to The Himalayan Times. Ampuan Yaacub made it above the South Summit, then fell ill and couldn’t continue. Rescuers tried to help him down, but the man died before reaching Camp 4.

According to local sources, the body of Ampuan Yaacub is currently at the South Col. Efforts are underway to bring it down to the lower camps.

Missing climber

Meanwhile, an Indian-Singaporean man has gone missing near the South Summit.

Shrinivas Sainis Dattatraya disappeared around 8,500m. However, a Sherpa guide who was with Dattatraya arrived at Camp 4 at around 8 pm local time. Dattatraya was climbing with Seven Summit Treks. No further details are currently available.

Kris Annapurna

KrisAnnapurna is a writer with ExplorersWeb.

Kris has been writing about history and tales in alpinism, news, mountaineering, and news updates in the Himalaya, Karakoram, etc., for the past year with ExplorersWeb. Prior to that, Kris worked as a real estate agent, interpreter, and translator in criminal law. Now based in Madrid, Spain, she was born and raised in Hungary.