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At least four more die on Everest amid overcrowding concerns

Latest deaths, including an Irish climber, come as others report ‘insane’ delays at the peak
The scene at the summit of Mount Everest on Tuesday. Photograph: Nirmal Purja/AFP/Getty Images

Four more deaths have been reported on Everest as concerns grow about the risks posed by the severe overcrowding on the world’s highest mountain this year.

Kevin Hynes, 56, from Ireland, died in his tent at 7,000 metres early on Friday, having turned back before reaching the summit. The father of two was part of a group from the UK-based 360 Expeditions.

The climbing company said: “It is with the greatest sadness that we have to confirm that one of our Everest team has passed away.

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