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Dutch climber dies after Everest summit



A Dutch climber has died after reaching the summit of Mount Everest, expedition organisers said on Saturday, the third death in a week to hit the Himalayan climbing season.

The mountaineer, named as Eric Arnold, died at Camp 4 after falling ill with altitude sickness late Friday as he descended the world's highest mountain, Mingma Sherpa, Managing Director of Seven Summit Treks said.

"The climber who died was a Dutch mountaineer named Eric Arnold. We got the news from his team leader, Arnold Coster, at base camp,"Pasang Phurba Sherpa, a board director at the expedition agency told AFP.

Earlier Saturday a tourism official said authorities were working to bring the deceased climber's body to Everest base camp before transporting it to the Nepalese capital Kathmandu.

Arnold, 35, on Friday posted a picture on his Twitter account saying he had reached the top of the mountain.

It was his fifth attempt to scale the 8,850-metre (29,035) high peak. Last year, he was among the climbers caught up in a deadly avalanche which struck the region in the wake of the Nepal earthquake.

The Dutch news agency ANP reported that Arnold had told his teammates after returning from the summit"my body has no energy left"adding he had apparently died in his sleep.

Around 330 climbers have successfully scaled Mount Everest this season after two consecutive years of deadly disasters, but two other mountaineers have died in the past few days.

A Nepali sherpa guide perished Thursday after he slipped and fell 2,000 metres down Mount Lhotse, the world's fourth-highest peak.

On the same day an Indian climber died after falling ill while descending from Mount Dhaulagiri, also in the Himalayas.

A second Dutch climber, Niels van Buren, also scaled Everest on Friday to become the first patient suffering with multiple sclerosis (MS) to reach the top"after an intense journey of two months,"his organisers Mission Summit said.

Nepal issued 289 permits to foreign mountaineers for this year's brief spring climbing season, which runs from mid-April to the end of May, after two consecutive failed seasons.


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