Thursday, May 16, 2019

Seamus Lawless.

An Irish climber has gone missing while descending from the summit of Mount Everest.

Seamus Lawless, an Assistant Professor at the School of Computer Science and Statistics at Trinity College Dublin, had been part of a four-strong Irish expedition team attempting to conquer the world’s highest peak.

Mr Lawless had successfully scaled Everest along with three other Irish climbers while climbing with other international mountaineers and sherpas.

Mr Lawless slipped and fell from an area known as the Balcony while descending from the summit, a spokesperson for Seven Summit Treks, the guiding company, confirmed.

The other Irish climbers are safe and currently at 7,900 feet. They are due to descend the mountain tomorrow.

The spokesperson said that recovering Mr Lawless was unlikely given the altitude, with the Balcony area over 8,400 feet above sea level.

Earlier today, Trinity College had extended its congratulations to Mr Lawless and his fellow members of Ireland on Everest expedition, saying it was a “tremendous achievement”.

The 39-year-old from Bray, Co Wicklow, had documented his ascent earlier this week on social media.

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