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British, Irish climbers latest casualties, take overall Everest toll to 10

A traffic jam of climbers in the Everest "death zone" has been blamed for at least four of the deaths, heightening concerns that the drive for profits is trumping safety.

AFP | PTI  |  Kathmandu 

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The deaths of an Irish and a British on took the toll from a deadly week on the world's highest peak to 10, organisers said Saturday.

British Robin Fisher, 44, reached the summit Saturday morning but collapsed when he had got just 150 metres back down the slope.

"Our guides tried to help but he died soon after," Murari Sharma of Parivar told AFP.

On the side of the mountain, a 56-year-old Irish man died Friday morning, his organisers confirmed in a statement on their page.

The man decided to return without reaching the summit but died in his tent at the North Col pass at 7,000 metres (22,965 feet).

Four climbers from and one each from the United States, and have already died on in the past week. Another Irish mountaineer is missing presumed dead after he slipped and fell close to the summit.

A traffic jam of climbers in the Everest "death zone" has been blamed for at least four of the deaths, heightening concerns that the drive for profits is trumping safety.

issued a record 381 permits for mainly foreign climbers, costing $11,000 each, for the spring climbing season.

Each with a permit is assisted by at least one sherpa, adding to the summit logjam.

With the short window of suitable weather due to close soon, bottlenecks of scores of climbers wanting to achieve the ultimate accolade have built up each day.

An estimated 600 people had reached the summit via the side by Friday, a government official said, based on information from expedition organisers.

At least 140 others have been granted permits to scale Everest from the northern flank in Tibet, according to operators. This could take the total past last year's record of 807 people reaching the summit.

Many -- including Everest -- are at peak climbing season, with the good weather between late April and the end of May.

Eight other climbers have died on other 8,000-metre-plus peaks this season, while two are missing.

First Published: Sat, May 25 2019. 15:15 IST
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