5 Sherpas for local climbing companies killed, another injured in Everest avalanche

Tacoma News TribuneApril 18, 2014 

Five Sherpas working for a local guide service are among the dead and another was injured in an avalanche Thursday on Mount Everest, according to the guide service's online expedition reports.

Seattle Alpine Ascents listed the names of five "dear Sherpa friends" from its team who died in the avalanche. From it's expedition report:

Our heartfelt condolences to the families of our fellow Sherpa climbers listed below, who were lost in the avalanche.

Nima Sherpa from Thak Sindu

Mingma Nuru Sherpa from Phurte

Ang Tshering Sherpa from Thamo

Tenzing Chottar Sherpa from Yelajung

Dorje Sherpa from Tarnag

A Sherpa working for International Mountain Guides suffered a leg injury in the avalanche. Several guides for the Ashford company helped in the rescue and recovery efforts.

IMG’s Eric Simonson posted this on the company’s expedition report this morning:

IMG guide Austin Shannon was training in the lower Icefall with some of the Classic climbers and responded uphill, while IMG guides Justin Merle and Max Bunce were at Camp 1 and descended to the scene. Together with other rescuers, these guys spent many hours today on scene rescuing the injured and recovering the dead. We were fortunate that only one member of our IMG team was injured. IMG's Kami Sherpa (from Kerung, not to be confused with Kami from Pangboche) was hit hard on the leg by a chunk of ice, and we had him flown to Kathmandu by helicopter for examination/treatment. Pasang reports that X-rays show his leg is not broken, so that is a small bit of good news in an otherwise very sad day.    

Ashford's Rainier Mountaineering Inc. posted on its expedition blog last night that all of its clients, guides and Sherpas were safe:

RMI Guide and Everest Base Camp Manager Mark Tucker reports that RMI climbers, Sherpa and guides are safe at Everest Base Camp.  Around 7 am local time on April 18th an avalanche occured below the West Shoulder continuing down into the Khumbu Ice Fall.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the teams on Mt. Everest.

   

 

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