Israeli abandons Everest summit quest to rescue Turkish climber

JERUSALEM (JTA) — An Israeli climbing Mount Everest, who would have become the youngest Israeli to reach the mountain’s summit, abandoned his quest in order to rescue a Turkish climber.

Nadav Ben Yehuda, 24, was evacuated from the mountain along with the injured Turkish climber, without scaling the last 300 yards to the top, Israel Radio reported Tuesday.

Ben Yehuda suffered frostbite in his fingers during the rescue and could lose one or more fingers, according to reports.

Four climbers died over the weekend on the way down after reaching Everest’s summit. It was the first weekend of weather clear enough to attempt the summit for this climbing season, and the long wait resulted in overcrowding close to the top.

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