It takes a lot of guts and gumption to scale Mount Everest – the highest mountain in the world.
One Singaporean climber, Shrinivas Sainis, managed to make it to the top.
However, it appears that that achievement will be his swansong.
Shrinivas, a 39-year-old executive director at real estate firm Jones Lang Laselle, left for Mount Everest on 1 April this year an was due home on 4 June.
His wife, Mdm Sushma Soma, said that she last heard from him at 3.30pm yesterday (19 May), and since then there has been no word from him.
“Through his satellite phone, he told me that he had made it to the summit. But then he followed with bad news, saying he would not be able to make it down.”
Mdm Sushma added that her husband said he had come down with high altitude cerebral edema (HACE).
She learnt at 2am today that the two sherpas he was with as well as another person in the group made it down from the mountain, but her husband never did.
HACE is a severe type of high altitude illness that can prove fatal.