Title: Investigation Launched into Death of Pakistani Porter near K2
Subtitle: Allegations arise against climbers who passed the injured porter near the peak
Guam News Factor – An investigation has been launched into the death of a Pakistani porter near the peak of K2, the world’s second-highest mountain. Mohammed Hassan fell and sustained grave injuries on July 27 while climbing an area known as the bottleneck, which is notorious for its dangers. Accusations have surfaced claiming that numerous climbers passed by Hassan instead of offering assistance, ultimately leading to his tragic demise.
Among the climbers involved, Norwegian climber Kristin Harila and her Sherpa guide, Tenjin, made history that day by becoming the fastest climbers to conquer the world’s 14 highest mountains within a remarkable 92 days. Harila has denied any responsibility for Hassan’s death and has firmly rejected allegations put forth by Austrian climber Wilhelm Steindl and German climber Philip Flaemig. Both Steindl and Flaemig claim to have seen drone footage showing climbers passing Hassan instead of stopping to rescue him.
Prompted by the serious allegations, the Pakistan Alpine Club has initiated an investigation into Hassan’s untimely death. Steindl revealed that the drone footage documented one individual attempting to save Hassan, while a line of approximately 70 climbers continued their ascent towards the summit. Steindl further criticized the lack of a proper rescue operation, insinuating that if a Westerner had been in Hassan’s situation, more would have been done to save them.
In her defense, Harila stated that Hassan was in a dangerous area, and her team eventually managed to pull him back onto the trail. Steindl and Flaemig have raised doubts about Hassan’s lack of proper gear and experience, suggesting these factors may have compromised his safety on the treacherous mountain.
Community members rallied together during this heartbreaking time, visiting Hassan’s family to offer their condolences and prayers. Anwar Syed, the head of the expedition company Hassan was working for, regretfully explained that retrieving Hassan’s body is currently impossible due to the hazardous conditions at the bottleneck.
To support Hassan’s family amidst this tragedy, Steindl took it upon himself to visit them and establish a crowd-funding campaign. Remarkably, the campaign exceeded its target in donations, reflecting the global community’s concern for Hasan’s family.
As the investigation unfolds, authorities will strive to uncover the truth behind this incident, shedding light on the actions of the climbers who passed by Mohammed Hassan on that fateful day near the summit of K2.
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