Daniel Paterson: Partner of British man lacking in Mount Everest ‘death zone’ points plea for assist with search | EUROtoday

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The household of a British health teacher who went lacking on Mount Everest when a part of the route collapsed beneath him have issued an pressing plea to assist them launch a search and rescue mission.

Daniel Paterson, 40, disappeared within the “death zone” of the world’s highest peak simply after he had reached the 8,849m excessive summit on Tuesday morning.

Mr Paterson was a part of a 15-member fee-paying staff with mountaineering firm 8K Expeditions, which is now frantically looking for different lacking climbers in temperatures which might fall to as little as -36C.

Describing him as a “beloved son, brother, partner, friend and a proud joint owner of Wakefield Crossfit” who’s “known for his adventurous spirit, his kindness, and his unwavering dedication to helping others”, Mr Paterson’s associate Becks Woodhead is urgently looking for assist to crowdfund a rescue effort.

“Time is of the essence in a situation like this, and we are mobilising every resource we can to locate Dan. We are hoping to launch a search mission with the assistance of a rescue team specialising in search operations in extreme environments,” Ms Woodhead stated.

“Conducting a search and rescue operation on Everest is an incredibly complex and costly endeavour. We are not experts in this, and there is no guarantee of success.”

They have to date obtained greater than two thirds of their £150,000 goal, the sum beneficial by disaster response staff Global Rescue.

This photograph taken on 12 May shows mountaineers as they climb during their ascent to Mount Everest’s 8,849m high summit
This {photograph} taken on 12 May exhibits mountaineers as they climb throughout their ascent to Mount Everest’s 8,849m excessive summit (AFP/Getty)

Lakpa Sherpa, who led the expedition during which Mr Paterson was participating, stated: “We regret to inform you that a cornice collapse occurred yesterday at Hillary Step.

“Two of our brave team members, Mr Paterson and Mr Sherpa are missing. Witnesses reported the incident took place between Summit Ridge and South Summit and some climbers were swept away in Kangshung Face.

“Our dedicated search and rescue teams are deployed on the ground. They are working tirelessly to locate our missing climbers.”

The Nepali Department of Tourism stated six mountain guides had been scrambled to assist be a part of the search after Mr Paterson and his information slipped and vanished from the mountainside.

Mount Everest can be a treacherous climb
Mount Everest generally is a treacherous climb (Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

It stated: “Mr Paterson and the accompanying Nepali mountain guide Mr Sherpa reached the peak of Everest at 4.40am on 21 May.

“It has been reported that the climber and his guide slipped and disappeared near the South summit near Kangsung Face on 21 May at 7am while returning from the summit of Everest.

“We would like to express our sincere gratitude to all those involved in the search and rescue of those whose condition is currently unknown and who are missing in the accident.”

The UK Foreign Office informed The Independent: “We are supporting the family of a British man who is reported as missing in Nepal and are in touch with local authorities.”

It comes after two Mongolian climbers Usukhjargal Tsedendamba and Prevsuren Lkhagvajav died above 8,500m whereas descending from the summit level on 13 May.

Since the primary conquest of Mount Everest in 1953, the height has been climbed 1000’s of occasions, and it will get extra crowded yearly.

During the spring climbing season in 2023, 667 climbers scaled the height, which introduced in 1000’s of help workers to the bottom camp between the months of March and May.

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