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Death of a climber in Mt Kenya National Park

Date Published: 10 Apr, 2012
Death of a climber in Mt Kenya National Park

A 29-year-old male climber from Nairobi died while climbing Mt Kenya. He was part of a 27-member hiking party and fell ill while hiking at Point Lenana of Mt Kenya.

Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) regrets to announce the death of a climber in Mt Kenya National Park. The 29-year-old male climber from Nairobi died on Thursday April 5, 2012 at 6.30pm. He was part of a 27-member hiking party which entered Mt Kenya National Park on Sunday and was due to exit Friday, April 6, 2012. The deceased fell ill while hiking at Point Lenana of Mt Kenya. He complained of   headache, chest pains and difficulty in breathing. He, however, managed to climb down to Mackinder's Camp. 

An alert was sent to the KWS mountain rescue team who responded immediately and did everything humanly possible to rescue the climber, including seeking the help from a helicopter from a private operator, Lady Lori (K) Ltd which arrived at 11am. Adverse weather conditions however could not allow the helicopter flight up the mountain. An ambulance with 10 rescuers was dispatched up the mountain up to Met Station.  With the helicopter unable to go up the mountain, KWS rangers carried the patient for six hours down. They were joined by a paramedic team from Red Cross emergency unit led by Mr. Hashi Mohammed from Nyeri.  Unfortunately, the patient passed on while being evacuated down the Naromoru route just a few moments before reaching the waiting ambulance. The death was confirmed by the Red Cross medic on the ground.

Police have been informed of the fatal incident and the body taken to Outspan mortuary in Nyeri Town
 

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