Slovak mountaineer dies on Mt Everest

KATHMANDU: A climber from Slovakia suffering from severe altitude sickness died near South Col on Mt Everest on Sunday afternoon, according to the base camp officials. The deceased has been identified as 50-year-old Vladimir Strba.

Vladimir who fell ill near balcony area breathed his last immediately after he was descended to South Col by fellow climbers, a base camp manager, quoted the climbers as saying. Efforts were underway to bring the dead body back to the lower camps, he added.

Earlier, an American climber died and an Indian mountaineer has gone missing from the balcony area as over 100 climbers attempted to climb the world’s highest peak on Sunday morning.