Marisa Eve Girawong

Posted by er134 at Apr 27, 2015 09:10 AM |

The University has learned with great sadness of the death of Eve Girawong at Everest base camp.

On Saturday (25 April) a series of avalanches buried Everest base camp following a huge earthquake that has so far claimed 3,000 lives across the Himalayas and injured almost 6,000 others.

It is the worst natural disaster Nepal has seen in 81 years, and the highest death toll ever recorded on Everest. Before now, the mountain's deadliest year was 2014, when 16 people died in one day.

Eve was a student on a postgraduate course in mountain medicine, and had completed two of the residential modules.

Dr Peter Barry, of the Department of Infection, Immunity and Inflammation, provided the following tribute: "She was delightful to know, a beautiful, intelligent, outgoing person who effortlessly got on with everyone. She had plans to continue her work in the mountains and was excited about the adventures ahead of her. This is a real loss to our community. Our thoughts are with her family and friends, and all those affected by this tragedy."

Further tributes available here

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