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American climber dies, Indian goes missing after successfully climbing Mount Everest

India TV News Desk Kathmandu 22 May 2017, 10:04:00 IST
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An American climber has died and an Indian climber has gone missing on Mount Everest after successfully scaling the world's highest peak, expedition organisers said on Sunday.

Roland Yearwood, 50, from Georgiana, Alabama, died on the mountain on Sunday but other details were not immediately known, said Murari Sharma of the Everest Parivar Expedition agency, based in Kathmandu, Nepal’s capital.

Ravi Kumar, a climber from Moradabad of Uttar Pradesh, had gone out of contact with the balcony area, the final resting spot before climbers ascend the south summit of the mountain, after he was descending to lower camps.

Chhewang Sherpa, Managing Director at Arun Treks, said Mr Kumar successfully climbed the 8,848 meters tall Mount Everest at 1:28 pm yesterday, the Himalayan Times reported.

His climbing guide Lakpa Wongya Sherpa has also been found unconscious after suffering from frostbite at Camp IV, Sherpa said.

Mr Kumar and the climbing guide got separated during the descent, the official said.

"Efforts are underway to conduct a search for the missing climber," Mr Sherpa added.

Yearwood is the third climber to die on Everest during the current spring climbing season, which began in March and runs through this month.

The Nepalese tourism department issued a record 371 permits this year to people to scale the mountain. The increased number of climbers this year is likely because many people were unable to climb in 2014 and 2015.