Disabled Korean who made historical past for climbing world’s 14 highest peaks feared useless in Himalayas

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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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