Body removed from Everest

THE body of a Japanese climber who died while climbing Mount Everest has arrived in the Nepalese capital.

Takashi Ozaki died on May 12 just several hundred feet from the summit. He most likely died from altitude sickness, a common cause of death at altitudes where oxygen levels are low and weather conditions extreme.

Pasang, a rescuer, said the 59-year-old’s body was carried down from the point where he died to a camp at 21,325 feet and then hooked to a helicopter. It arrived yesterday at a Katmandu hospital, where family and friends have waited for days.

Ozaki is at least the third climber to die this year while attempting to scale the world’s highest mountain.


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