NEW INFO: 12 Killed, Three Missing After Everest Avalanche

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

At least 12 people are now confirmed dead in an avalanche on Mt. Everest.

The dead are all Sherpa guides who had set out early this morning to fix ropes for other climbers. Rescue workers pulled their bodies under mounds of snow and ice, and now they're searching for three other missing guides.

Two others have been injured in what officials are calling the worst disaster to hit climbers on the mountain.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)


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A Nepalese tourism official says six local guides have been killed and nine more are missing after an avalanche swept a route used to ascend the world's highest peak.

Nepal Tourism Ministry official Krishna Lamsal says the avalanche hit just below Mount Everest Camp 2 around 6:30 a.m. Friday.

He says four bodies have been recovered and rescuers are digging two more out of the snow. Nine other Sherpa guides are still unaccounted for and believed to be buried in the snow.

All those killed and missing had gone early in the morning to the area to fix the ropes for climbers along the route to the 8,850-meter (29,035-foot) summit.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)


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