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2nd Irish Climber Dies On Everest

Kim Buckley
Kim Buckley

4:22 PM - 24 May 2019



An Irish man has died while climbing Mount Everest.

The 360 Expeditions group says Kevin Hynes from Galway passed away in his tent this morning.

It described the 56-year-old father of two - who had been living and working in the UK - as "one of the strongest and most experienced climbers" on its team.

The Department of Foreign Affairs says it is aware of reports of the death of an Irish citizen on Everest, and stands ready to provide consular assistance.

Kevin's death comes just a week after Irish Professor Seamus Lawless went missing on Everest.

The 39-year-old from Bray in County Wicklow fell while returning from the peak of the world's highest mountain.

Today, Seamus' family confirmed the search on Everest has been called off.

They said: "While the experienced search team has made every effort to locate Shay, the extremes of operating at high altitude and the sheer range of the search area ultimately proved too difficult and based on expert advice we have decided to call off the search rather than risk endangering anyone's life in the treacherous conditions."

A GoFundMe campaign had raised more than €260,000 for the search.

The family says that will be used to pay for the operation, and any remaining money will be refunded to donors.



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