Body Of Malaysian Everest Climber Brought Down Today
Six mountain guides were at Camp 4 of Mount Everest to bring the body down.
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Director of the Kedah Civil Defence Department (APM) Awang Askandar Ampuan Yaacub was among the members of the 2023 Malaysia Everest team (ME2023).
The mission took a tragic turn when Awang Askandar, 56, died after he encountered health issues while ascending the mountain at about 8,000m above sea level.
Berita Harian reported that his body would be brought down from the mountain today before being taken to Kathmandu for an autopsy.
Six mountain guides were at Camp 4 of Mount Everest to bring the body down, according to ME2023 mission head Azim Afif Ishak.
The body would be taken to a safe area to facilitate a helicopter that will mount a long line rescue. It will then be flown to Kathmandu in Nepal.
Meanwhile another Malaysian climber Muhammad Hawari Hashim was reported missing since the 20 May.
The hearing-impaired climber went missing after successfully reaching the summit of Mount Everest on 17 May.
Speaking about the search and rescue (SAR) effort for the climber, Azim Afif said that Tiong Ling Yang, another ME2023 climber, was in charge of the expedition with assistance from the mountain guides.
As reported by Astro Awani, the SAR team will have to face a big challenge if Muhammad Hawari fell at the foot of Mount Lhotse.
According to Datuk M. Magendran, the first Malaysian to set foot on the summit of Mount Everest, this is because of Mount Lhotse’s steep slopes and the abundance of glaciers at its base that are littered with debris and ice fissures.
He also stated that he is worried on whether the victim had enough oxygen to descend Mount Lhotse’s treacherous slopes.
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