A mountain climber has been reported missing after reaching the summit of Mount Everest in Nepal, his family said on Saturday.
Shrinivas Sainis Dattatraya, an Indian-origin man who started an expedition from Singapore – where he lives – to climb the highest peak in the world last month. On Friday, when he climbed the summit, his family said he was missing.
According to reports, Mr Dattatraya seems to be suffering from frostbite and altitude sickness.
The change.org petition, created by one of his cousins Divya Bharath, said that upon disembarking, Mr Dattatraya became separated from the rest of the group he was traveling with, resulting in him “falling at about 8,000m, probably to the Tibetan side of the mountain”.
Ms Bharath said a team of sherpas had started search operations on Saturday morning “but we knew we had to do more and move faster”.
The petition, titled “Let’s bring Shrinivas back” said he had prepared himself “tightly” last year. It added: “We need a special rescue team trained to operate in such dangerous terrain, as well as to ensure that this entire rescue operation is not hindered by diplomatic papers (provided by Tibet, Nepal).”
It further said that “only with their support we can ensure that Shri is found as soon as possible.”
Channel News Asia reported that Mr Dattatraya was part of an expedition organized by Seven Summit Treks, a Nepalese company that offers guided climbs to Mount Everest and other mountains.
News site The BNN said that when he came down, he disappeared from the site. His sherpa guide, however, reached the last camp located between Mount Everest and Lhotse mountain, at 8:00 pm last Friday.
According to Nepal’s tourism department, more than 400 climbers have reached the summit since Saturday.
Mr Dattatraya’s wife Sushma Soma shared on her Instagram story: “Guys I need you more than ever. My husband was lost on Everest and we were racing against time to continue the rescue efforts. ” He shared the petition on Change.org and urged followers to “sign this petition and circulate it in your groups”.
Ms Soma, 36, said The Straits Times: “Through his satellite phone, he told me that he has reached the summit. But then he followed up with bad news, saying he couldn’t make it. “
He added that he told her that he had come down with high-altitude cerebral edema (Hace), a severe type of high-altitude sickness that can be fatal.
CNA It is also reported that authorities have been in close contact with the climber’s family, local authorities in Nepal and emergency medical services since Friday night.