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November 15, 2009

World-renowned climber Tomaz Humar dies in the Himalayas

     Kathmandu ( Nepal ): World-renowned Slovenian climber, Tomaz Humar, considered as one of world's greatest-ever mountaineer, has been found dead in the Himalayas. The shocking news comes days after the 40-year-old informed that he had broken his leg and was stranded up at 24,000-foot in northern Nepal. Gerold Biner, flight operations manager for the Swiss Air Zermatt, which was conducting rescue operations, said that Humar's body was recovered early on Saturday by a three-man rescue team. “They called me, to tell me that the rescue mission was over,” The Telegraph quoted Biner, as saying. He also added that Humar was climbing a difficult route up Langtang Lirung , which made the rescue efforts even more difficult. The rescue team is now attempting to bring Humar’s remains back to Kathmandu , where his family is waiting Earlier on November 9, Humar had contacted his base to inform that he had been injured while climbing Langtang Lirung . Rescue operations were soon started to find Humar and Sherpas trekked the snowy slopes where he was supposed to be. But they failed in their attempt. Heavy snowfall later in the week forced climbers to postpone searches because of increased avalanche risk.
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