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We are sad! The family of mountaineer Cheruiyot Kirui speaks

The family of cheruiyot mountaineer Kirui has spoken out after his son’s body was found on Mount Everest.

Cheruiyot was daring mission to reach the summit of Mount Everest, without supplemental oxygen.

His body was found a few meters below the summit of Mount Everest on Tuesday.

In a statement, Cheruiyot’s family said they are saddened by his tragic death.

“We are all saddened by what happened to our brother Cheruiyot Kirui on Mount Everest,” the statement said.

According to the family, Cheruiyot lost radio communication with Basecamp in the early hours of May 22, 2024, while trying to reach the summit.

They said his expedition company reported him missing and immediately a team of rescue Sherpas stationed at Camp 4 was dispatched to the point of last contact.

“Cheruiyot’s body was discovered at an altitude of 8,800 meters, 48 ​​meters from the summit. Although it is impossible to determine the exact sequence of events, we know that Cheruiyot and his Sherpa suffered a fall,” the family added.

Cheruiyot’s family extended their condolences to friends, colleagues and the wider outdoor community.

“The search for Nawang Sherpa continues and we extend our deepest condolences to his family in Nepal and pray that he is found,” the statement read.

The family promised to share more details about Cheruiyot’s death in due course.

News of Cheruiyot’s death began circulating on Wednesday night, days after the daring mission began.

Cheruiyot, a banker by profession, embarked on a journey to conquer Mount Everest, the highest mountain in the world, accompanied by Nepalese climber Nawang Sherpa.

He would have been the first African to reach the top of the mountain that is 8,849 meterss above sea level.

Foreign Affairs Principal Secretary Korir Sing’oei on Thursday mourned the mountaineer’s death.

Sing’oei He described Kirui as a friend he knew for his adventurous spirit and determination.

“Really devastated by this news. Kirui, my friend and KCB banker, stopped by my office before leaving for Nepal on this adventure. I have been following his exploits until this unfortunate end,” said Sing’oei.

“He is a bold and brave spirit, and represents the indomitable will of many Kenyans. He will be missed.”

Kenya Commercial Bank CEO Paul Russo said the lender is saddened by his untimely passing.

Until his death, the CEO said Kirui was a dedicated Senior Relationship Manager – Plans, Mortgage Division and was a valued member of KCB staff.

He said Kirui, whom he described as a passionate athlete and mountaineer both locally and abroad, will be remembered as a dedicated employee.

“We extend our words of encouragement and our sincerest prayers of strength and comfort to his family, colleagues and loved ones as we navigate this difficult period,” Russo said.

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