‘Critically ill’ Malaysian doctor evacuated from Mt Annapurna

KATHMANDU: A Malaysian climber, who was rescued alive from above Camp IV on Mt Annapurna yesterday, has been evacuated from the world’s tenth highest mountain this morning.

According to Thaneswor Guragai, an official at Seven Summit Treks, Wui Kin Chin, the 49-year-old doctor, is being airlifted from the base camp to Nepal Mediciti Hospital in Kathmandu after a Simrik Air chopper piloted by Senior Captain Siddartha Jung Gurung conducted a longline rescue flight to Camp III at around 9:00 am today.

“The team, which reached the location at around 5:30 pm, offered Kin Chin medicines, supplemental oxygen and food. The climber has lost his hands and legs to severe frostbite,” Sherpa quoted the rescuers as saying.

The team has brought him down to Camp III late in the night, from where evacuation can be carried out, Sherpa said, adding that helicopters were put on standby in Pokhara to evacuate the climber from 6,500 m.

Earlier, the rescue mission was delayed after Global Rescue, from which Kin Chin purchased the rescue insurance package, remained unresponsive to emergency calls. “Global rescue declined to activate rescue mission on Wednesday,” Captain Gurung said, adding that the mission was activated only Thursday after Kin Chin’s wife called Gurung from Singapore requesting him to search for the climber at any cost.

Kin Chin successfully scaled the summit at around 4:10 pm on Tuesday, along with 32 climbers. But while descending, the climbing guide abandoned his client saying the University of Melbourne alumnus couldn’t descend further due to weakness.

“All 32 climbers have already descended to the base camp,” Sherpa said.

According to the Department of Tourism, Kin Chin had successfully climbed Mt Everest last spring. Kin Chin was also planning to begin his next adventure on Mt Kanchenjunga after returning from Mt Annapurna, Sherpa added.

Mt Annapurna is considered the most deadly 8,000-metre mountain, with one death for every three summits.

According to the Himalaya Database, the death rate stands at 3.91 for Mt Annapurna compared to 1.22 for Mt Everest.