Paul and Fiona advised this morning there had been an accident in the Icefall.
This has now been confirmed by IMG as follows:
Dear Friends, IMG expedition leader Mark Tucker reports that a big collapse in the icefall today has claimed the lives of three Sherpas, including one from the IMG team. The accident occurred partway up the icefall shortly after dawn when several large towers of ice toppled over. The rest of the IMG team is all safe. We are deeply saddened to learn that Ang Phinjo Sherpa (Phortse) died under a massive avalanche and is unrecoverable. Phinjo was our oldest Sherpa (50) and one of our very best Sherpa friends. He was a kind and gracious man, and we will miss him. He went on his first 8000 meter peak in 1973 —this was his 49 th 8000 meter expedition! Our prayers go out to Phinjo’s family and the rest of our climbing team. It sounds like they are all going to take a day “off” to get together and have a team meeting. We’ll let you know when there is more to report. Eric Simonson
Paul and Fiona report they and other IMG members are safe at Base Camp.
From Nick, on behalf of Paul and Fiona and Site Admin Team