Irish man dies while attempting to climb Mt Kenya

The 40-year-old who developed breathing difficulties died on arrival to hospital.

In Summary

• The Kenya Wildlife Service in a statement said the deceased developed breathing complications shortly before he was pronounced dead.

• The 40-year-old male is said to have accessed Mt. Kenya National Park through Naromoru gate on January 25.

A photo of Mt. Kenya
A photo of Mt. Kenya

An Irish national has died while attempting to climb Mt Kenya.

The Kenya Wildlife Service in a statement on Thursday said the man developed breathing complications shortly before he was pronounced dead.

"KWS wishes to inform the public that at around 6am on Thursday January 28, an Irish national who went mountain climbing on Mt Kenya developed some breathing problems in one of the stopovers, Australian hut," the statement read in part.

KWS said the incident was reported and a rescue team responded by evacuating the client to Mackinder’s, where he was airlifted to Nanyuki Cottage Hospital.

"The client who was in a critical condition was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital," KWS said.

The 40-year-old male is said to have accessed Mt Kenya National Park through Naromoru gate on January 25.