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World News | Search and rescue teams fail to locate missing Indian-origin climber on Everest summit


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SINGAPORE, May 28 (PTI) — Despite best efforts, search and rescue teams were unable to locate the missing climber of Indian descent who reached the summit of Mount Everest on May 19, his wife said in an Instagram post on Saturday.

Musician Sushma Soma, 36, interspersed her message between photos of her husband Shrinivas Sainis Dattatraya on various peaks, saying: “He was 39 and in his glorious and rich life he lived without fear He has explored the depths of the sea and ascended the highest places on earth.”

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“And now, Shri is on the mountain, where he feels most at home,” Soma was quoted by The Straits Times.

Shrinivas summited Everest on May 19, but told his wife he had high-altitude cerebral edema and was unlikely to descend.

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The team of three Sherpas had been looking for Singapore, Nepal’s Guide Treks and Expedition (one of the companies that co-organized the Shrinivas expedition) told The Straits Times earlier.

The climber left Singapore on April 1 with the aim of summiting Everest and then Lhotse in an expedition. According to Soma, he could have been one of the few people in Southeast Asia and the first Singaporean Indian to do so.

“Few dare to dream like he does,” she said, adding that her husband was “wise, meticulous and perceptive”.

“Having climbed successively higher mountains every year, including all 8,163 meters of Manaslu, Shri understands the importance of such dreams.”

Manaslu is located in the Nepalese Himalayas and is the eighth highest mountain in the world.

“I have witnessed the focus, rigor and discipline he has put into training to achieve this feat, while also managing his work commitments as executive director,” she said.

Shrinivas works for real estate firm Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL).

In her message, Soma thanked Shrinivas’ guide, Dendi Sherpa, for “being his trusted partner” and “always putting Shri first, even ahead of himself,” during their ascents. Dendi had tried to save Shrinivas and was hospitalized with frostbite fingers, according to earlier news reports in Singapore’s major newspapers.

She also thanked the climbing community, Sherpas from Nepalese adventure tour operator Seven Summit Treks and JLL for their help in finding her husband. Seven Summit is another co-organizer of the Shrinivas Everest Climb.

In addition, she thanked family and friends, as well as the Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) and the Indian High Commission in Singapore, as well as the governments of Nepal and China for their support.

In a statement on Saturday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs offered its condolences to Shrinivas’ family.

“Since the onset of illness, the Singapore High Commission in New Delhi has been in close contact with the family and will continue to provide consular assistance and support to the family during this difficult time,” the spokesperson said.

“The Ministry expresses its gratitude to all authorities for their support of the search and rescue efforts.”

(This is an unedited and auto-generated story from a Syndicated News feed, the content body may not have been modified or edited by LatestLY staff)


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