Everest climber skips summit‚ rescues friend
ISTANBUL: An Israeli who rescued a distressed climber on Mount Everest instead of pushing onward to the summit says the man he helped, an American of Turkish origin, is like a brother.
Nadav Ben-Yehuda came across Aydin Irmak near the summit last weekend. At that time, four climbers died on their way down from the summit amid a traffic jam of more than 200 people who were rushing to reach the world's highest peak as the weather deteriorated.
Ben-Yehuda said in an interview with The Associated Press that Irmak was in a dire state and without basic equipment.
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Israel's ambassador in Nepal says the rescue was about the power of friendship despite tensions in the Middle East. Political ties between Israel and Turkey have sharply deteriorated in recent years.