27 April 2019: A maverick doctor who studied at two Australian universities is lucky to be alive after he ran into life-threatening troubles on Mt Annapurna, one of world’s most fearsome mountain.
Chin Wui Kin had reached the top of the 8,091 metre mountain last Tuesday. He was part of a 31-member team of international climbers led by a French mountaineer.
A search for the former student of University of Melbourne and Monash University began after he failed to descend down to an advanced camp located just a kilometre below the peak of the Nepalese mountain, the 10th highest mountain on the planet.
His guide and Dr Kin were apparently lagging behind during the descent and his plight became apparent after the guide “stumbled” into the camp.
Four highly experienced Sherpas, known for their life-saving prowess on the most treacherous of mountain peaks, were “deployed” to track down the Malaysian national after a search helicopter located him waiving at it.
According to Seven Summit Treks, the trekking company that organised the Mt Annapurna expedition for Dr Kin, the 49-year-old was airlifted to Nepal Mediciti Hospital in the capital after a chopper conducted a “lone line rescue” from a height of 6500 metres yesterday morning.
A picture available online shows the mountaineer in the air attached to a sling from the rescue helicopter.
Ironically, the doctor’s Facebook page described himself as “lost”.
The “restless” and “unemployed” anaesthesiologist is clearly an avid climber to have returned to Nepal to climb Mt Annapurna after having successfully climbed Mt Everest last year. A Facebook photo shows him atop Mt Everest where he displayed the Chinese flag to fulfill his “promise” to a friend from the communist nation who he said fell to “200m down a steep slope”.
Every year, mountaineers from across the world visit the South Asian republic hoping to climb some of the highest mountains in the world, including of course the crown jewel of the mountaineering world – Mt Everest.
Whereas Sagarmatha, as Mt Everest is known in the Nepali language, is difficult to climb, Mt Annapurna is considered more dangerous and has greater death rate.
Mt Annapurna is the ninth highest mountain peak in Nepal.
Dr Kin is currently recovering at the Mediciti Hospital in Kathmandu. Local news reports indicated his condition is “critical” at this stage.
His well-wishers have taken to social media to praise the Singapore-based doctor for surviving against all odds with many also praising the fantastic rescue operation launched by the Sherpas.