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Korean Climber Disappears Off Everest

Posted: May 21, 2012


An amateur Korean climber went missing on Mount Everest over the weekend while descending from the summit and is presumed to have fallen into a chasm and died, according to his fellow climbers and the Korean Embassy in Nepal yesterday.

Congestion on the world’s highest mountain is suspected to have contributed to the accident.

Several other climbers from other countries also went missing around the same time, one observer told the JoongAng Ilbo, which could make it one of the deadliest days on Everest in 16 years. In 1996, when weather conditions were poor, 12 climbers died on Everest in one day.

Song Won-bin, 44, is presumed to have fallen off a cliff at 8,600-meters altitude Saturday while returning from the peak of the 8,848-meter mountain, Park Gye-hoon, the head of the Korean amateur climbing group told the JoongAng Ilbo by telephone.

“He is presumed to have gone missing due to acrophobia and exhaustion,” Park said.

Read the rest of the report here.



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