Noel Hanna: Mountaineer dies in Nepal expedition

Noel Hanna, a prominent mountaineer from Dromara in County Down, has died in Nepal.

It is understood that Mr Hanna died while on an expedition to Annapurna, the 10th highest mountain in the world.

Mr Hanna was an experienced climber, having scaled Mount Everest 10 times in his career.

In 2018, he became the first person from the island of Ireland to successfully summit and descend K2.

Mr Hanna had scaled the 8,091m (26,545ft) Annapurna peak on Monday and died overnight at a camp after making his descent, Irish broadcaster RTÉ reports.

BBC Nepali say there are local reports that his body has been airlifted to the capital Kathmandu.

A second climber from India is also reportedly missing after falling into a crevasse.

Banjo Bannon, a climber from Newry who was the second person from Northern Ireland to reach Mt Everest in 2003, said: “Noel had it in his head that he was going to do all 14 peaks over 8,000m. That was his goal and dream.”

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