Spanish mountaineer Sergi Mingote died during an expedition on the K2, the second highest peak in the world, in the Karakoram massif, conquered Saturday, for the first time in winter, by a Nepalese team.
“Sad death of Sergi Mingote on the K2. He wanted to continue to make history by participating in the first expedition to defeat this summit in the middle of winter and his life was carried away in a tragic accident,” tweeted Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, a few hours after a Nepalese team succeeded in the climb.
Sergi Mingote, 49 years old, was not part of this group but of another team, who had to try to climb the summit another day.
He was at an intermediate camp and fell back down to base camp, injuring himself in one leg according to his team.
The risks involved are multiple on the K2, where more than 80 people have died, compared to nearly 450 people who succeeded in climbing it.
This year, no fewer than four different teams and 60 climbers were present on the K2, more in total than all previous expeditions gathered.
“Distressed by the news of the accident that ended the life of a magnificent sportsman,” tweeted Spanish Health Minister Salvador Illa, explaining that Mr. Mingote was a “personal friend”.
By CCEiT (AFP)