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Reporting Deaths on Everest

Editorial Comment: For those of you following Everest coverage for the first time, you should know several false deaths have been reported in the last 4 years by various sources. From Zeddy, to Jaime Viρals, to Russians climbers, to George last year; numerous climbers have been reported dead by others when they were NOT!

EverestNews.com reviews this issue with the expeditions/climbers we work with before the climb. EverestNews.com holds or deletes information on climbers deaths until the information is confirmed from the mountain and time has passed for the families to be notified. EverestNews.com has never reported a climber dead in error, and will continue not to rush news of deaths from the mountain.

Unfortunately, many others do not confirm deaths on Everest before reporting, nor do they wait until families can be notified. The dispatches or reports are written by various people from climbers, to expedition doctors (which should know better), to just people visiting base camp, to people on other teams. Why others feel the need to rush out the news of deaths is unknown to us and causes many people much pain over the years.

Let's pray others use better judgment in 2003 and the years ahead.

Previous story from 2001: An EverestNews.com Editorial Comment: Dead men don't make phone calls...

 

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