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Fatality on Batian Peak on Mount Kenya

September 20 2004 at 10:39 PM
roger  (Login dipper)

Response to September 2004 Accidents/Rescues


Efforts to recover the body of a tourist who died while climbing the snow-capped Mount Kenya aborted yesterday due to bad weather.
The mountain was covered with clouds and mist for the better part of the day, forcing police to suspend the recovery mission until today.
A team from the Kenya Wildlife Service, the Flying Doctors and the Everest Aviation firm was coordinating the search.
rescue officer at Mount Kenya National Park, Mr Simon Gitau, said the body of the Italian tourist, Mr Sebastian Calleri Zevanelli, was lying about 15,000 feet up in the mountain. The tourist was a bank employee in London.
Mr Gitau said the recovery team was expected to scale the mountain from Shipton camp to Batian peak where the body was trapped between boulders. However, the helicopter could not access the area.
The 29-year-old tourist slipped from a height of 15,038 feet as he tried to un-hook a rope he was using to scale the mountain's Batian peak, on Friday, at about 12.20pm.
He was hit by a rolling boulder and suffered critical injuries in the head, chest and legs, which caused profuse bleeding.

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