BY NAMULONGO PETER,NAIROBI,28TH SEPT 2017-The body of the Chinese mountaineer who fell to his death whilst scaling Mt. Kenya on Sunday has been retrieved by a five-man rescue team of KWS professional climbers.
Thick Clouds and strong winds posed stiff challenges to the recovery team, but they managed to descend to where the body has been lying at 2.52 pm on September 27, 2017. The team moved the remains of Mr. Fang Wenchao up towards the main route, and to an open area referred to as Knife Edge to facilitate air lifting using a helicopter.
This happened at about 7.15 am on September 28, 2017 to guard against the unpredictable weather up the mountain. Strong winds in the area meant that the helicopter could not land safely. The remains were secured to the hovering Tropic Air Limited helicopter and transported to to Sirimon Gate.
Mr. Simon Gitau, the KWS Assistant Director of Mountain region, as well as local security team was present upon arrival of the deceased’s remains. The family of the deceased travelled by road this morning from Nairobi to receive the body of their loved one.
After consultation with the police, the family requested for cremation of the body at the earliest possible opportunity. The body has been moved to a Nanyuki hospital awaiting cremation Friday.