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Argentina has been gripped by a video posted on the internet showing the failed rescue of an Italian-Argentine mountain guide who died last month near the peak of the highest mountain in the Andes.
The images of Federico Campanini, a 31-year-old guide, seen feebly struggling in the snow as his rescuers tried to cajole and pull him to his feet, have sparked a public debate over the doomed operation
Originally posted by secretagent woooman
It looks bad but they were trying to keep him alert. If you have head trauma or are freezing and go to sleep up there you'll die. At that elevation and temperature they may not even have been physically able to carry him down. They risked their own lives to try to save him, I can't blame them for being angry.
Yates could not see Simpson, but felt all his weight on the rope, very slowly pulling Yates down the mountain. He held on for about an hour. Convinced that Simpson was unable to secure himself and that his bucket seat was collapsing, he forced himself to cut the rope linking them, consequently dropping Simpson into a crevasse.
The Inglis party and most other climbers passed Sharp without offering any substantial assistance. Everest guide Jamie McGuinness reported that on reaching David Sharp on the descent some nine hours later, "...Dawa from Arun Treks also gave oxygen to David and tried to help him move, repeatedly, for perhaps an hour. But he could not get David to stand alone or even stand resting on his shoulders, and crying, Dawa had to leave him too. Even with two Sherpas it was not going to be possible to get David down the tricky sections below...".
Inglis said Sharp was ill-prepared, lacking proper gloves and oxygen, and was already doomed by the time of their descent. "I ... radioed and [expedition manager] Russ said, 'Mate, you can't do anything. He's been there x number of hours without oxygen. He's effectively dead'. Trouble is, at 8500 m it's extremely difficult to keep yourself alive, let alone keep anyone else alive"
The following week three other climbers from Asian Trekking also died during summit attempts, Vitor Negrete, Igor Plyushkin, and Thomas Weber. Their deaths garnered less media attention as they were unconnected to Everest: Beyond the Limit.
Linda Sharp, David's mother, however, believes that David was responsible for his own survival, and she does not blame other climbers. She has said to The Sunday Times, "David had been noticed in a shelter. People had seen him but thought he was dead. One of Russell’s Sherpas checked on him and there was still life there. He tried to give him oxygen but it was too late. Your responsibility is to save yourself — not to try to save anybody else."
” Trouble is, at 8500 m it's extremely difficult to keep yourself alive, let alone keep anyone else alive.”
Originally posted by Illusionsaregrander
I was almost drowned by a tiny little 12 year old girl I went into the ocean after. If you dont think I cussed her out as she was attempting to climb on top of my head you have another think coming. I cursed her and yelled at her, before getting the idea to dive underwater to make her let go. (She did) and then swimming up behind her and putting her in a headlock to swim her out. When you are risking your own life to save someone elses, you dont always have time to cajole them and have a long discussion about how to proceed. When the stakes and adrenaline are high, sometimes people yell. And if I hadnt been able to subdue the girl and enough to prevent her drowning me, I would have had to leave her too.