A Hong Kong man died in an attempt to conquer Mount Everest over the weekend.
The fatality was identified as Christopher Lam Koon-wah. He was in his 40s. The Hong Kong Polytechnic University confirmed that he worked as an IT technician at the university library.
The Immigration Department said on Tuesday that it was following up on the case through the Office of the Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Hong Kong and the Chinese embassy in Nepal, after receiving a request for assistance from Lam’s family, adding that it will provide necessary support, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.
Lam was part of a group of 10 people, including a coach and his wife, who arrived in Kathmandu, Nepal, on May 6.
It was reported that Lam fell ill on Sunday after the group reached a base camp about 5,400 meters above sea level.
His teammates tried to help him get better by giving him emergency treatment, but to no avail.
The cause of death was suspected to be high-altitude cerebral edema.
Chung Kin-man, a mountaineering expert who had once conquered Everest, said even a healthy person who exercises regularly and has normal cardiopulmonary functions could still be struck with high altitude illness and die as a result.
A person who shows symptoms of altitude sickness, including severe headache, coughing, vomiting, or inability to walk a straight line, must be brought down the mountain immediately because it takes less than two hours before it becomes too late, Chung said.
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