Japanese climber dies on Everest

2011-05-13 13:07

Katmandu – A Japanese climber who became ill while attempting to scale Mount Everest died just several hundred metres from the summit, a Nepalese official has said.

Takashi Ozaki was headed down the slopes of Everest yesterday after feeling sick when he collapsed at an altitude of 8 600m, department of mountaineering official Tilak Pandey said.

He died yesterday afternoon.

Pandey said attempts are being made to bring down the body of the 59-year-old climber, and it most likely will be picked up on Saturday by a helicopter from a lower camp.

Ozaki was attempting to reach the 8 850m summit with a team of international climbers.

He is the third climber to die this year while attempting to climb the world’s highest peak from the southern side. More than 200 climbers are known to have died while attempting to climb Everest.

In 1996, Ozaki became the first climber to reach the top of Mount Hkakabo Razi, Myanmar’s highest peak at 5 881m, according to the Uemura Naomi Memorial Museum, a private foundation that gives out awards in the name of the famous Japanese climber.

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