Dispatch 20: IMG Physician
Deirdre Galbraith reports from Base Camp that Dave and team made it to the
South Col in good shape, but that it is blowing hard up there, so it is
unlikely they will climb tonight unless the weather breaks. They are camped
about 50 feet away from the others.
Deirdre also reported on the
unfortunate crash involving a big Russian MI-17 helicopter a short distance
below base camp (1/4 mile or so). She said there were at least 8 people
injured, including two Nepalis who were killed. Some of the injured
were bystanders on the ground, including a trekker and a helicopter crewman.
There was a Nepal Army helicopter in the sky at the time that landed promptly
to evac the victims to Lukla... Now the atmosphere in camp is pretty subdued
and quite a few teams have started walking out having changed their mind about
leaving BC by air. Eric Simonson
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