Everest Claims 3 More Victims

Sudden windstorm moves in as climbers descend
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted May 21, 2012 3:38 AM CDT
A sudden windstorm swept Mount Everest as five hikers were descending from the 29,000-foot peak.   (AP Photo/Kevin Frayer, File)

(Newser) – Three climbers have died on Mount Everest and two others are missing, according to officials. A German, a Canadian born in Nepal, and a Korean died while descending from the 29,000-foot summit. Though the weather began favorably for the climbers, a sudden windstorm swept the mountain as they were returning, reports AP. The German, 61-year-old Dr. Eberhard Schaaf, died of high altitude cerebral edema, reports the Everest News. A 73-year-old Japanese woman completed her climb up Everest shortly before the tragedy, making her the oldest woman to scale the peak.

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