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 Himalayan Guides Everest Expedition STATEMENT 5/1/2002

EverestNews.com has received the below statement from the Himalayan Guides Everest Expedition.

DEATH OF CLIMBING TEAM MEMBER

Sir, On the morning of 30 April, the 38 year old British male climber, Mr. Peter Legate fell to his death. The accident occurred while descending the fixed ropes from Camp 3 (7100 meters) on the Lhotse face.  Mr. Legate was following Mr. Laszlo Mecs, who witnessed the event.  The two of them left Camp 3 at approximately 0615 hours and shortly afterwards Mr. Legate slipped and fell for more than 200 meters.  He landed in the bergschrund at an altitude of approximately 6750 meters.  Mr. Mecs summoned help to descend into the crevasse and found the dead body.  He was able to recover personal effects but it was impossible to recover the body safely and therefore it was left in position.

Kami Nuru                               Geoffrey Stanford
SIRDAR                                  EXPEDITION LEADER

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