It is feared that a South Korean was killed shortly after becoming the first disabled person to climb the 14 highest peaks in the world in the Himalayas.
A world record: Kim Hong-bin, who lost all fingers to frostbite 30 years ago, reached the summit of Broad Peak in Pakistan’s Karakoram Mountains at 4:58 pm on Sunday (local time) Korea Herald reported. At 8,047 meters (26,401 feet), Broad Peak is the last of 14 mountains it climbed over 8,000 meters (26,247 feet) in the Himalayas.
Kim was the first disabled person in the world to reach this milestone. Overall, according to the Gwangju Alpine Federation, he is the 44th and the seventh South Korean.
The expedition was originally planned for last year but has been postponed due to COVID-19. Upon reaching the summit, Kim sent a message stating, “If a disabled man could do this, anyone can get over the grueling pandemic.”
The consequences: Kim went missing after reportedly falling into a crevasse while descending the summit. According to reports, a major search operation is now planned.
The 57-year-old is said to have slipped. Karrar Haidri, secretary of the Pakistani Alpine Club, said Kim went down the Chinese side of the mountain in bad weather BBC reported.
Kim is said to be missing at 7,900 meters (25,919 feet) above sea level. In addition, he made an emergency call on Monday at 9:58 a.m. (local time), as the Korea Times found.
Kim’s companion and nearby climbers reportedly tried to find him but failed. Pakistan promised to send a helicopter to find him, while China also agreed to conduct search operations, the said Associated press.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who congratulated Kim as soon as he reached the summit, said he was “not giving up hope”. He allegedly said in a opinion“I will seriously wait until the end of the news of his safe return with my people.”
Selected images about Hong-bin Kim (left, right)
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