A rescue operation to save Hungarian climber Szilárd Suhajda on Mount Everest has begun today, but the news so far is not encouraging about the climber’s condition, according to a recent post on his official Facebook page.
Suhajda started his ascent to the summit of Mount Everest last Saturday when he left his base camp. He planned to reach the 8,848-meter summit on Wednesday without the use of artificial oxygen and load carriers as part of the Kyocera Everest Expedition 2023. No Hungarian climber has ever achieved this before.
According to the Facebook post late Thursday,
Szilárd Suhajda is at the bottom of the Hillary step at around 8,780 meters. The team that spotted him said that when they passed him, he showed signs of life but was also showing signs of frostbite and high-altitude brain edema.
It was announced that a rescue operation would be launched in the early hours of today, local time, to bring the climber to safety.
The backup team agreed on Thursday with the Nepalese agency providing the climber’s base camp support to attempt a helicopter flight to an altitude where Szilárd Suhajda could be seen.
At the same time, three sherpas have been sent to pick up the climber. They could optimally reach him in the late hours of today. As the stranded climber continues to fight for his life, a nation is waiting for his rescue in prayer.
Featured photo via Facebook/Suhajda Szilárd