This is Jay
from SummitClimb calling in with the latest news from the
SummitClimb.com International Pumori Expedition. I'm going to read this
dispatch because I've written it out. It's very difficult to make a dispatch
about an incident like this. Dispatches are supposed to report good news and
success, not news of accident and injury. But I guess every day has its
accident injured three people, two climbing Sherpas, Lakpa Cheri and Tenzing,
and one climbing member, Dennis Jonsson from Sweden. Lakpa Chiri was the most
seriously injured, with a broken lower leg, three broken ribs, and suspected
internal injury. Tenzing Sherpa sustained a dislocated shoulder and a hip,
and Dennis has a suspected broken ankle. Right now let me assure you that all
three injured are currently in expert medical care in Katmandu, after being
flown from Base Camp by a Nepalese Army helicopter this morning. Let me also
assure you that all the other members of the expedition are safe in Base Camp
and there are no other injuries.
cause of the fall that occurred is yet to be determined. A little bit about
the rescue-it started immediately after the accident on summit day at
approximately 930am at an altitude of around 6900 meters. By 130am the
following morning the two injured Sherpas had been lowered to Camp One at 6100
meters. Dennis made a wise choice to remain in Camp Two that evening. He was
there with his fellow Swedes Jonas and Richard. At 9am that morning the two
injured Sherpas were starting to be lowered to Advance Base Camp at 5700
meters. They arrived there at 330am the following morning. Dennis meanwhile,
slowly made his way to Camp One with the assistance of Lapka Kongli Sherpa
plus his fellow Swedes.
battling well below freezing conditions over almost 35 grueling hours, the
kitchen staff and some of the rested members took over the job of bringing the
injured Sherpas down from Advance Base Camp to a small camp set up half way
between Base Camp and Advance Base Camp. Lapka Kongle now with the help of
Phuri Sherpa brought Dennis to the intermediate camp. Early this morning the
injured were brought to Base Camp to meet the helicopter.
I'd like to
thank all the members and staff for their superhuman effort, and it really was
in this multi-casualty high altitude rescue. Our entire team pulled together
and we've saved three lives. It was pretty amazing. Every single person did
what they could and didn't shirk a single chance to help. I'd like to give
special mention to Walt Reisinger, Les Williams, John Percy, Matthew Vulk,
Shera, Phuri and Lakpa Kongle Sherpa. They truly went above and beyond in the
fact that we may not have had the success that we did. Thank you everyone.
Pumori Spring 2006 Expedition Roster
REILLY Australia, Leader
LING Australia, Leader In Training
MAZUR Bristol, England and Seattle, Washington, USA, Organizer
FITSCHEN South Africa
HUDOCK Maine, USA
Reinhold LOOS Germany
VULK California, USA
WILLIAMS New Zealand
Previous Update: Today
the helicopter flew at noon.
Dennis, Lakpa Chiri and
Tenzing were on board.
Lets hope it is a quick
flight to Kathmandu were they can get checked over in the hospital.
Thanks to Dennis, Lakpa Chiri
and Tenzing for their strength and endurance in this very tough rescue.
Thanks to Jay Reilly and
Philip Ling and the entire Pumori team of members and Sherpas for their
amazing efforts in a very difficult mission of bringing the three injured
climbers down safely.
Thanks to the families, loved
ones, friends, and colleagues of all involved for their support. And, a
special thanks goes out to everyone at EverestNews.com for keeping everyone
informed about the rescue. Dan Mazur
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