An American mountaineer who fulfilled his dream of climbing the highest mountains on each of the seven continents died of probable altitude sickness coming down from Mount Everest, mountain governing officials said.
Don Cash fell ill at the summit and was treated there by his two Sherpa guides, Pasang Tenje Sherpa, head of the Pioneer Adventure who gave the guides, said Friday.
"When he was at the top, he just fell. The two Sherpas who were with him gave CPR and massage," he said. "Then he woke up, so near Hillary Step he fell again the same way, which means he got high altitude sickness."
Height sickness is due to low amounts of oxygen at high altitude and can cause headaches, vomiting, shortness of breath and mental confusion.
The press release in India's news agency reported on Friday that two Indian climbers died on Mount Everest along with an Austrian while coming down from the summit this week.
Also, British-based climbing company 360 Expeditions said an Irish climber died Friday while trying to climb Everest.
Other media reported as many as 1
They were part of hundreds of foreigners, and their Sherpa guides tried to scale Everest and other himalaya peaks in the popular spring season when few good weather windows each give them the best chance of success.
Cash, 55, from Utah, had a long dream of climbing up seven summits – the highest mountains on the seven continents – his daughter Danielle Cook published on Facebook Wednesday.
Santa Bir Lama, president of the Nepal Mountaineering Association, said Cash's body was still near Hillary Step.
"Many others who are at the summit are still there. When Sherpas comes down, they can bring their body down," he said.
Pasang Tenje Sherpa said that Cash's brother had sent him a message to the Sherpa guides, Norbo and Tenzin, for their help.
"Please tell Norbo and Tenzin's deep understanding of their heroic efforts to save Don," he quoted the message as saying. "Give them our love and prayers and we are happy that they are safe."  Before heading to the Cash Summit, his son Tanner, whom he felt "blessed to be on the mountain, as I read in the last 40 years, wrote."
Cash said on his LinkedIn page that he left his job as a sales representative to try to attend the seven summit clubs. In January he wrote climbed Mount Vinson Masif, Antarctica's highest peak.
Cash is handed over by his wife Monette and their four children, Salt Lake Tribune reported.