An American mountaineer has died at the summit of Mt Everest, his expedition organizer announced on Thursday May 23rd, the third fatality to be reported during one of the busiest climbing seasons ever.
Donald Lynn Cash, 55, passed away at the peak of the 8,848-metre (29,029-foot) mountain on Wednesday as he was taking photographs.
"Our two Sherpas helped him regain consciousness, but he died close to the Hilary Step as they were bringing him back," Pasang Tenje Sherpa of Pioneer Adventure told AFP.
More than 200 climbers were heading towards the summit on both sides of Everest on Wednesday as the weather cleared, with complaints of a traffic jam close to the top.
"We don't have the exact number of summits yet, but it has been a very busy day. Teams have complained of having to wait two or more hours to reach the top," said Gyanendra Shrestha, a government liaison officer stationed at base camp.
The American climber's death is the third fatality on Everest this season, after an Indian climber died last week and an Irish mountaineer is presumed dead after he slipped and fell close to the summit.
According to AFP, mountaineering in Nepal has become a lucrative business since Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay made the first ascent of Everest, the world's highest mountain, in 1953.