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Body of Tanzania Climber Recovered

January 3, 2000

MARANGU, Tanzania (AP) _ A 10-member Tanzanian rescue team on Monday brought down the body of a Los Angeles woman who died while climbing Mount Kilimanjaro to mark the new millennium.

Jennifer Stevens Lambelet, 54, collapsed and died Saturday at 19,443 feet on the craggy rim of the three extinct volcanoes that form Africa’s highest peak, her husband, Raymond, told The Associated Press.

``She was tired after reaching the top, but had not complained of any illness, just some problems with breathing,″ Lambelet said on arriving down the mountain Sunday.

Lambelet said his wife had worked for the Los Angeles Library. He works for Boeing Co.

Renatus Kusumba, who led the Tanzania National Parks recovery team, said Mrs. Lambelet’s body was carried on a stretcher halfway down the mountain and then transferred to an ambulance. Bad weather slowed the recovery.

Lambelet said his wife will buried in the United States.

The Tanzania National Parks department reported that 33 people suffering from altitude sickness and other ailments had been rescued. On Friday, Werner Hoain, 55, of Germany, collapsed and died at 14,510 feet.

Between 400 and 700 tourists climb Mount Kilimanjaro during the November-to-January climbing season.

This year, however, 1,000 tourists from the United States, Britain, Germany, Spain, Australia, France, South Africa, Japan and Tanzania were taking part in the millennium climb that began Dec. 20 and was scheduled to end Jan. 5.

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