Amer­i­can dies af­ter climb­ing mishap

Kingston Whig-Standard - - WORLD NEWS - MARK STEVENSON

MEX­ICO CITY — The U.S. Em­bassy in Mex­ico said Tues­day a mem­ber of the U.S. diplo­matic mis­sion has died af­ter a climb­ing mishap on Mex­ico’s Pico de Oriz­aba moun­tain.

Mem­bers of a diplo­matic mis­sion can in­clude em­bassy em­ploy­ees, their fam­i­lies and some sup­port per­son­nel. The em­bassy did not spec­ify whether or in what rank the climbers were em­ployed, nor did it re­lease their names or home­towns be­cause of pri­vacy con­cerns.

But the em­bassy said in a state­ment that “we are ex­tremely grate­ful to the gov­ern­ment of Mex­ico for its prompt as­sis­tance in the op­er­a­tion to res­cue two U.S. cit­i­zen climbers.”

Mex­i­can res­cue teams us­ing he­li­copters bat­tled bad weather for two days to res­cue the two Amer­i­can climbers, sav­ing one of them.

The civil de­fence of­fice in the cen­tral Mex­ico state of Pue­bla said one of the climbers res­cued Mon­day from the 5,675 me­tre Pico de Oriz­aba and was taken by he­li­copter to a hos­pi­tal in Mex­ico City. It was not clear what his con­di­tion was.

A Pue­bla state of­fi­cial who was not autho­rized to be quoted by name iden­ti­fied the dead climber as Freddy Cahill, and said he suf­fered a fall and con­tu­sions on the moun­tain.

In Novem­ber, an­other Amer­i­can climber died and seven oth­ers were res­cued on the moun­tain, also known as Cit­lal­te­petl.

Author­i­ties pre­vi­ously cited the dan­gers of an un­usu­ally cold win­ter on the moun­tain, and the need to let lo­cal author­i­ties know climbers’ plans be­fore as­cend­ing the peak.

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