Indian-origin man goes missing after reaching Mount Everest, family seeks help
Singapore, May 21: A Indian-origin man identified as Shrinivas Sainis Dattatraya has gone missing after reaching Mount Everest in Nepal. His wife Sushma Soma, an award-winning Carnatic vocalist based in Singapore and belonging to Chennai, has sought urgent help.
Taking to Instagram, Soma wrote, "Guys I need you more than ever. My husband is missing at Everest and we are racing against time to get the rescue efforts moving. Please sign this petition and spread it to your circles." She also updated her story with the link to the website Change.org.
Divya Bharath, Dattatraya's cousin, started this petition.
According to a petition on the website change.org, Dattatraya travelled from Singapore to Nepal last month to climb the world's tallest peak.
In the petition, his cousin Divya Bharath stated that Dattatraya appeared to have experienced frostbite and altitude sickness on the way down.
As a result, he appeared to have split away with the rest of his group and "fallen down at around 8,000m, likely onto the Tibetan side of the mountain."
She stated that a team of sherpas began searching on Saturday.
Meanwhile, his wife, Sushma Soma, told The Straits Times that she last spoke with him at 3:30 p.m. on Friday. He has not been heard from since.
"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," Madam Soma, a 36-year-old musician said.
She further said that he had come down with high-altitude cerebral edema (Hace), a severe type of high-altitude illness that could prove fatal.
According to The Straits Times, she learned around 2 a.m. on Saturday that the two Sherpas he was with, as well as another person in the group, made it down from the mountain, but her husband did not.
Soma went on to say that the search and rescue operations are still ongoing. MFA will continue to monitor developments and provide the family with the required consular assistance during this difficult period."
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