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Kenya deploys team to retrieve Chinese
tourist’s body from mountain

By Chris Mgidu NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) said Wednesday it had deployed a 20-member recovery team to recover the body of Chinese tourist who died while climbing Mountain Kenya on Sunday.

KWS spokesman Paul Gathitu said the team including six expert mountain climbers with appropriate equipment hiked to Old Moses /Judmaier Camp in Mt. Kenya National Park on Monday for their acclimatization overnight stay in preparation for the final ascent to recover the body of Fang Wenchao.

Fang, a 33-year-old Chinese citizen born in Shanghai, died while descending Mt. Kenya’s Batian Summit, which is 5,199 metres above sea level. His climbing partner was a Kenyan technical climbing guide David Muigai.

Gathitu said the duo was descending from the summit when the accident happened near Shipton’s Notch, a short climb from Batian.

He said Muigai despite being traumatized by the incident was able to climb down to where the body was, secured it and managed to descend to Shiptons Camp to report what had happened.

“He has since been brought down to Sirimon Gate of the Park for routine trauma and counseling services,” Gathitu said.

He said Fang’s family plans to arrive in Kenya on Wednesday to receive the body and take it back to China for final rites.
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UPDATE:

Kenyan team retrieves body of Chinese climber

LAIKIPIA (Xinhua) -- Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) confirmed Thursday its technical climbers had retrieved the body of the Chinese mountaineer who fell to his death while scaling Mt. Kenya on Sunday.

KWS Assistant Director of Mountain region Simon Gitau said the five-man rescue team of KWS professional climbers recovered the body despite strong winds posing stiff challenges to the recovery team.

Gitau said the technical managed to descend to where the body has been lying at 2:52 p.m. on Wednesday and moved his remains up to an open area to facilitate air lifting using a helicopter.

Gitau said in a statement that the family of the deceased travelled by road early Thursday from Nairobi to receive the body of their loved one.

"After consultation with the police, the family requested for cremation of the body at the earliest possible opportunity. The body has been moved to a Nanyuki hospital awaiting cremation Friday," he added.

The climber, a 33-year-old Chinese citizen born in Shanghai, died while descending Mt. Kenya’s Batian Summit, which is 5,199 meters above sea level.

His climbing partner was a Kenyan technical climbing guide.

The duo had already reached the summit, and was in the process of descending when the accident happened at 3 p.m. on Sunday near Shipton’s Notch, a short climb from Batian.

 

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