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Russian Climber Dies On Himalayas

May 27, 1996

KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) _ A Russian member of a Himalayan expedition, who has been missing since May 14, is dead, Nepal’s Tourism Ministry said Monday.

The body of Anatoly Chlekht, 37, of the Kuzbass Makalu Expedition, was found at a height of 25,410 feet on the route to 27,928-foot Mount Makalu.

The death of the engineer from Tomsk was confirmed by team leader Vladimir Savkov, the ministry said.

A British member of the first South African expedition to Mount Everest is still missing on the world’s highest peak.

Bruce Herrod, 47, of London, was reported missing during the descent from the summit after reaching there on Saturday.

The last contact with the team at the base camp was at noon on Sunday, said Padam Shrestha of the Sherpa Cooperative Trekking, the agency that handled the group.

Three members of the expedition, accompanied by three Nepali sherpa guides, had scaled Mount Everest.

This month eight climbers have died while attempting the 29,024-foot peak.

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