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Australian Climber Cheats Death

Australian Climber Cheats Death

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Lincoln Hall was living out his dream of climbing Mt. Everest. The Australians highly publicized climb was in the news around the world. His story turned tragic as news filter in that he had died on the mountain.

The official story was that Hall had breathing trouble at 28,500 feet. He collapsed and was pronounced dead with swelling of the brain. The rest of the group moved on. Hall was listed as the 16th victim of Mt. Everest this year.

That wasn’t the end of the story. The next day, May 26th, Dan Mazur, an American climber, passed by and realized that Hall was still breathing. He contact a rescue team which sent 13 sherpas to Hall’s location. At 11am that morning, the sherpas were attending to Hall.

Hall’s rescue was dangerous. Two members of one rescue group had to be rescued themselves. Hall was brought down to safety and on May 29th he was leaving for Katmandu in the back of jeep. He will undergo medical treatment as he has pneumonia and frostbite. He should be on his way home Tuesday.

[Photo courtesy of: Guido Farina, www.sxc.hu]

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