2 Everest Climbers Presumed Dead After Collapse In ‘Death Zone’

FILE - In this Monday, Feb. 22, 2016 file photo, trekkers pass through a glacier at the Mount Everest base camp, Nepal. One-third of Himalayan glaciers will melt by the end of the century due to climate change, threatening water sources for 1.9 billion people, even if current efforts to reduce climate change succeed, according to an assessment released Monday, Feb. 4, 2019. by the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development. (AP Photo/Tashi Sherpa, file)

British climber Daniel Paterson, 39, and his Nepali guide Pas Tenji Sherpa, 23, are still unaccounted for days after a cornice – a chunk of hardened snow overhanging the edge of a cliff — suddenly came down Tuesday, dragging climbers down the side of the crowded mountain, The BBC reported.

The pair were with a 15-person group that had reached the top of the world’s tallest peak at 29,032 feet.

Mount Everest adventure company 8K Expeditions, who organized the expedition, said they, “were caught in a sudden cornice fall, which impacted the group of climbers.”

Despite exhaustive search efforts, we regret to confirm that Daniel and Pastenji were unable to be recovered,” the company wrote in a memorial Instagram post Thursday.

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