NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya’s wildlife agency said Monday rescuers had
launched search for the body of Chinese tourist who died while
descending from Mountain Kenya’s Batian point, the highest peak,
Service (KWS) Corporate Communications Officer Ngugi Gecaga said
the searchers had not made much progress due to the nature of
the terrain and prevailing weather condition.
“The search team
consisting of technical climbers is already at the scene but no
progress has been made due to the prevailing weather
conditions,” Gecaga told Xinhua.
Paul Gathitu, KWS
spokesman, clarified that the man was a 33-year-old Chinese
citizen born in Shanghai. He 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.
Gathitu said the duo
had already reached the summit, and was in the process of
descending when the accident happened at around 3 p.m. on Sunday
near a short climb from Batian.
The tourist slipped
and fell 60 meters down a cliff. His guide then descended to the
accident scene and discovered that he was dead. The guide
secured the body and commenced a self-rescue, whereupon he
managed to clamber down to safety, arriving at Shipton Camp at
10 p.m., according to Gathitu.
Gecaga had earlier
said it would take about three days to retrieve the body due to
the terrain and adverse weather conditions.
Chinese tourist dies from fall
while climbing Mount Kenya
NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
A Chinese tourist died from fall while climing
Mount Kenya’s tallest peak on Sunday evening, Kenyan wildlife
officials confirmed on Monday.
Service (KWS) Assistant Director Simon Gitau said the
33-year-old man from Hong Kong climbed the mountain but fell
down while returning.
“The tourist had
actually climbed the mountain but fell down while returning. He
was a professional climber,” Gitau told Xinhua.
According to KWS
Corporate Communications Manager Ngugi Gecaga, the service had
sent a professional rescue mission to retrieve the victim’s body
but said the mission could take about three days due to poor
“Weather is very bad
at the moment. Snow is quite a lot and retrieval operation may
not be easy but we have sent an experienced rescue team to the
scene,” he told Xinhua.
Mount Kenya is the
highest mountain in Kenya and the second-highest in Africa after