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Injured Mt. Qomolangma climbers evacuated to Kathmandu
www.chinaview.cn 2005-05-08 14:46:07

    KATHMANDU, May 8 (Xinhuanet) -- Five mountaineers, who had sustained minor injuries when a massive avalanche struck Camp I of Mount Qomolangma on Nepali side Wednesday morning, were evacuated to Kathmandu Saturday, a mountaineering agent told reporters here Sunday.

    "All the climbers, including two Americans, two Canadians and a Nepali Sherpa guide, were taken for medical examination upon their arrival in Kathmandu Saturday," said Murari Krishna Sharma, managing director of Everest Parivar Trek, the company that handled the International Lhotse Parivar expedition to which all five climbers belonged.

    Sharma quoted doctors as saying that "all of them were OK."

    A massive avalanche struck Camp I of Mt. Qomolangma on Wednesday morning, but most of the climbers who were staying at tented camps there escaped unhurt, Sharma revealed.

    The five climbers who had sustained minor injuries were brought down to Qomolangma Base Camp on Thursday, Sharma noted, adding, "A chopper on Friday could not be sent to the Qomolangma region due to bad weather, but dispatched it to the region as soon as there was some improvement in the weather Saturday morning."

    "The climbers who arrive here are generally aware about the risks involved while climbing high mountains in Nepal. But this group was really lucky as all of them escaped unhurt," Sharma noted.

    Other members of the expedition are on their way to ascend the highest peak on the earth and have already reached Camp III of Mt. Qomolangma's Nepali side, Sharma added.

    Last week, an American climber Michael O'Brien, 39, and a Canadian climber Sean Egan, 63, died on Mt. Qomolangma's Nepali side while trying to scale the world's highest peak.

    Since New Zealander Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa first conquered Qomolangma on May 29, 1953, more than 1,400 climbers have scaled the mountain. About 180 people have died so far while trying to scale the highest peak.    Enditem

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