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President of Japan Adventure Guides Dies in Descent From Everest

May 20 2004 at 3:56 PM
cnn  (Login dipper)

Response to May Accident Reports


A Japanese woman died while descending Mount Everest after making it to the top of the world's highest mountain, her tour guide company said Friday.
Shoko Ota, 63, had made the summit with a guide and a fellow climber on Thursday, Tokyo-based Adventure Guides Co. said in a statement.
But Ota became unable to move and lost consciousness during their descent, about 350 meters (1,120 feet) from the summit of the 8,850-meter (29,035-foot) mountain.
The team's leader, Kenji Kondo, later confirmed that Ota had stopped breathing and lost her pulse.
Kondo, 41, who is also the president of Adventure Guides, reported the death by satellite phone to the company's Tokyo office.
The tour was Adventure Guides' first to Mount Everest.

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