Mt Everest avalanche kills four

Last updated 22:18 16/10/2013

Relevant offers

Asia

Doctor uses spoon and toothpick to save man suffering from an epileptic fit on Air China flight Woman destroys pork bun as Typhoon Megi rages on North Korean soldier makes rare defection across DMZ to South Korea Toxic Indian lake is 'superbug hotspot' Hundreds of tourists missing after Indonesian volcano Mount Barujari erupts Malaysia Airlines MH17 shot down from pro-Russian rebel controlled territory, investigation finds Typhoon Megi kills five in Taiwan and China In ageing Japan, even pets are setting records for long lives Driver on phone smashes into police officer Inside the overflowing Philipines prison where you have to sleep in shifts

An Australian tourist and three Tibetans have died in an avalanche on Mount Everest, state media reported Wednesday. 

A local tourist agency organised a trip for four tourists to an off-limits area on Sunday evening, according to the Xinhua News Agency.

The group of 10, which included three herders who acted as porters, two cooks and a tour guide, encountered an avalanche, and one Australian and the three local herders died, it reported.  

The Australian Embassy confirmed the death of a 60-year-old man from southern Australia in Tibet. It said consular officials in Beijing were attempting to contact the man’s family to offer assistance.  

The Xinhua report said the local government had organised a rescue effort after receiving a distress report, and that following the rescue, the Australian had died as a result of altitude sickness, poor health and age, citing officials in Shigatse, a city in western Tibet.  

State broadcaster CCTV said 154 people who had been stranded by the avalanche were rescued Tuesday, 86 at the Everest base camp on the mountain’s Chinese side.  

Calls to local authorities and the police were either unanswered or officials declined to provide information. 


Ad Feedback

- AP

Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content