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Irish mountaineer from Co Down died after scaling the Annapurna peak in Nepal

Irish mountaineer from Co Down died after scaling the Annapurna peak in Nepal
Source: RTE

Tragically, a mountaineer from Co Down has died while descending from the summit of the world’s 10th-highest peak, and an Indian climber is still missing. This was confirmed by climbing officials on Tuesday.

On Monday, Noel Hanna, who had climbed Mount Everest 10 times, scaled the 8,091-metre Annapurna peak in west Nepal. He died overnight in Camp IV after descending from the peak.

Yubaraj Khatiwada, an official from the Department of Tourism, said that the circumstances surrounding Hanna's death were unclear.





An Indian climber, who fell into a crevasse on the lower reaches of Annapurna, has been rescued later. He was being treated at the hospital, but his condition was still unknown.

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Two other Indian mountaineers, who were caught up in bad weather while climbing Annapurna, were being rescued, according to hiking company officials.

Renowned adventurer, Mr Hanna scaled summits and competed in sports adventures around the world. He was the first person from Ireland to reach the summit of K2 during the winter season, and he and his wife successfully summited Everest from both sides in 2009 and 2016.

Earlier this year, he attempted to become the first Irish person to scale the world's second-highest mountain, K2, in winter but was forced off the mountain due to severe weather.