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Mountain climber rescued to safety at Mt. Kenya
Date Published: 19 Jul, 2013
A British national who fell ill while climbing Mt. Kenya has been rescued to safety by Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) Mountain Rescue rangers based in Nyeri County yesterday (Thursday, July 18, 2013).
Kate Pettit, 25, was in a group of twenty tourists from Britain who were on a mission to scale Mt. Kenya’s Lenana peak through Sirimon route. On arrival at Old Moses Camp, at midnight, Pettit developed Acute Mountain Sickness and her colleagues called KWS rescue team for assistance. The rapid response rescue team responded promptly.
Pettit and her colleagues were at 3,300 metres above sea level when she fell ill.
She was evacuated to Nanyuki Cottage Hospital using KWS ambulance where she is recuperating.
The other nineteen tourists are well and still scaling the mountain, hopefully to Lenana peak.
The best remedy to treat or overcome mountain related illness is descending the mountain to lower altitude. By descending 1000 metres, a patient’s condition improves considerably.