Chinese mountaineers rescue Australian climber

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Rescuers help the stranded Australian climber to a safe location on May 22 at an altitude of 7,300 meters on the northern slope of the Mount Qomolangma. [Photo provided to]

Tibetan alpine rescuers successfully rescued an Australian climber experiencing critical health problems at an altitude of 7,500 meters on the northern slope of Mount Qomolangma – known as Everest in the West – according to the Tibet Mountaineering Association.

The stranded climber was discovered Wednesday at 7 pm by a four-person mountaineering crew from the Tibet Himalaya Expedition Co on their way back from repair work.

On their journey they found the climber in a state of physical exhaustion, out of consciousness, and in critical condition. 

The team reported the situation to Qomolangma Base Camp, and the liaison officer ordered the team to assist the climber's descent, also directing six other mountaineers to facilitate the rescue.

The climber was brought to an altitude of 7,028 meters Wednesday night, and for safety concerns, the team stayed one night at this location. 

On Thursday morning the climber was then brought to a camp at an altitude of 6,500 meters, the association's general secretary, Pema Trinley, said.

The association sent ten locals and one riding yak for support, and the climber was transferred to the 5,200-meter base camp by 4 am Thursday. He was sent to Gyrong Port by midnight, which he left Friday morning in good condition, Trinley said.

This year, the region started its annual spring mountain climbing activities in early April, and since then 144 overseas and 12 domestic climbers have been approved to attempt to conquer the mountain.

According to the latest information from the Tibet Himalaya Expedition Co, by Thursday morning, 12 climbers from the company and 21 mountaineering guides successfully reached the summit of the mountain from the northern slope. 

Tsering Samdrub, general manger of the company, said with significant training long for 43 days, 12 Chinese climbers made it to the summit. 

"The weather on Thursday was so nice. Thanks to this, the climbers were all in very good condition," said Tsering Samdrub, commander-in-chief of ongoing spring climbing.

"Hampered by weather factors this year, the final climbing period to the summit was later than the previous year, and climbers from different countries all take this opportunity to complete their climbing," said Samdrub.

Samdrub also said more than 200 climbers are huddled together, which has led to one-two hour postponements of climbing times.

"After from the Chinese climbers who made it to the summit, eight climbing teams from countries such as Russia and India are ready to conquer the summit."

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