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Visually-impaired climber dead on Everest.




Daily Telegraph, Australia.
Thursday, May 25, 2006.




Veteran Australian mountain climber Lincoln Hall has died climbing Mount Everest.


Hall reached the summit of the world's highest mountain on May 25 with a team including Thomas Weber (Weber) from Germany and guide Harry Kikstra from Holland, expedition leader Alexander Abramov said in a statement.


The Australian and Mr Weber, who is visually impaired, both perished descending the mountain, Mr Abramov said on a website.


Mr Abramov said on the descent Mr Hall lost coordination at 8,800 metres.


Shortly after Lincoln laid down in the snow, and could not move independently, he said.


Sherpas began a rescue which lasted several hours but he died, Mr Abramov said.


The probable cause of death was cerebral edema, pulmonary edema, he said on the website.


Weber, who had failed to reach the summit when his eyesight was lost, also collapsed on his descent.


Weber said, "I am dying" and lost consciousness, the website said.


In the 2006 season, a record number of climbers - 15 - have died on Everest.



http://dailytelegraph.news.com.au/story/0,20281,19262530-5001021,00.html




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