Subjects McDonnell, Gerard, -- Death and burial. McDonnell, Gerard, Notes Includes index.
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Add a tag. Public Private login e. Add a tag Cancel Be the first to add a tag for this edition. The two Koreans and their Nepalese Sherpa had become entangled on a fixed rope when returning from the summit and were dangling for almost four hours.
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A member of their party had already fallen to his death. Although he had never met any of the climbers stranded before him, McDonnell spent nine hours — three with the help of an Italian climber — at almost five miles above sea level freeing them. Tragically, shortly after the rescue, an ice-fall killed McDonnell and the climbers he had saved.
McDonnell was descending with Italian climber Marco Confortola when they met the three trapped men. After three hours trying to untangle them, Confortola made his way down the mountain but McDonnell climbed back up towards the summit to continue the rescue effort.
No one had any definite answers or proof. We needed to hear from people who were in the know.
Pasang Bhote ascended the mountain attempting to rescue the Korean party and their Sherpa when he encountered them on the way down, with McDonnell behind [he identified McDonnell by his climbing suit: red with black patches]. Bhote communicated the scene to Pemba Gyalje via radio and witnessed the ice fall that killed McDonnell and that would subsequently claim the lives of the Koreans, their Sherpa and Bhote himself. The testimony confirmed that McDonnell had saved three lives after he parted from Confortola.
But that was never the case with Ger.