American climber dies on Everest, Indian missing

An American climber on Mount Everest died on Sunday, officials said, the third death on the world's highest mountain in the past month and raising safety concerns for climbers.

Roland Yearwood, 50, from Alabama, perished at an altitude of about 8,400 meters (27,500 feet) in an area called "death zone" which is known for thin air, Murari Sharma of the Everest Parivas trekking company that sponsored his climb said.

"We have confirmation of his death but no other details are known," Sharma told Reuters in Kathmandu. "It is also unclear if he was on his way up or down from the summit," he said.

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(GERMANY OUT) Mount Everest Massiv, Flug von Lhasanach KathmanduLuftaufnahme- 1996 (Photo by Mei�er/ullstein bild via Getty Images)
L.de la FERRIERE TRIES TO CLIMB EVEREST WITHOUT OXYGEN (Photo by John van Hasselt/Sygma via Getty Images)
L.de la FERRIERE TRIES TO CLIMB EVEREST WITHOUT OXYGEN (Photo by John van Hasselt/Sygma via Getty Images)
NEPAL - UNSPECIFIED DATE: Pierre Mazeaud during the ascent of Mount Everest, he is the first Frenchman to have climbed Mount Everest, in 1978 in Nepal. (Photo by EVEREST 78/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
Some alpinists of the expedition organized to reach the top of the Mount Everest walking on the glaciers. Nepal, 1953. (Photo by Mondadori Portfolio via Getty Images)
Two alpinists roped together on the Mount Everest. Nepal, 1953. (Photo by Mondadori Portfolio via Getty Images)
A climber jumps a crevasse on Mount Everest. (Photo by Galen Rowell/Corbis via Getty Images)
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Ice formations just above the Walking with the Wounded team's Everest base camp in Nepal.
Captain Francis Atkinson, a member of the Walking with the Wounded team, climbs out of Khumjung on the way to summit Everest in Nepal.
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Yearwood was part of a 16-member team led by American climber Dan Mazur that is climbing the normal Southeast Ridge route from the Nepali side of the mountain.

Yearwood's death comes a day after 26-year-old Indian climber Ravi Kumar went missing in the same area during his descent from the peak.

Kumar got separated from his guide near a place called Balcony on Saturday, Thupden Sherpa of the Arun Treks and Expedition company that sponsored Kumar's team said in Kathmandu on Sunday.

"Three sherpa rescuers have been sent to search for Kumar," Thupden said, adding the climber had been out of contact.

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Nepalese porters walk up a path high above the north-eastern town of Namche Bazar, as they head to pick up goods from a town at an upper elevation, on April 18, 2015. Local porters like these two men make roughly anywhere from 40-60 USD a month for their back-breaking work, often at altitudes above 3,000 mts. AFP PHOTO/Roberto SCHMIDT (Photo credit should read ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP/Getty Images)
General view of Base Camp on Mount Everest which is 5364 meters (17,598 ft) above sea level, Nepal
MOUNT EVEREST, NEPAL, AVALANCHE - APRIL 23, 2014: This is DigitalGlobe imagery (image 4) of the avalanche on Mount Everest near Everest Base Camp that killed sixteen Nepalese guides. The avalanche occurred on 18 April 2014. Imagery was collected on April 23th, 2014. (Photo DigitalGlobe via Getty Images)
DELHI, INDIA - DECEMBER 01: The Mount Everest (8848m) in between other himalayan mountains seen from an aeroplane on December 01, 2012 in Delhi, Delhi, India (Photo by EyesWideOpen/Getty Images)
Basanti (L), 14, and her friend Jhalijhsa, 14, walk with their empty baskets down to the north-eastern Nepalese town of Namche Bazar (unseen) on a freshly snow-dusted field near Mt. Kondge (R) on April 18, 2015. Basanti and Jhalijsha were heading to the market in Namche to pick up supplies to take back to their village where they go to school on weekdays, after making their early-morning supply run. For their daily, back-breaking effort, they earn an equivalent of around 70 USD. The town of Namche is a usual stop for trekkers and climbers heading into the Khumbu region. AFP PHOTO/ROBERTO SCHMIDT (Photo credit should read ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP/Getty Images)
A bank of clouds moves up the valley of the Dudh Koshi river basin into upper elevation at the base of the Nepalese Mount Thambersku (top L) near Namche Bazar in the early morning of April 18, 2015. Trekkers and climbers heading towards the peaks and glaciers deep in the Khumbu region, including Mount Everest, follow this valley as they head north. AFP PHOTO/ROBERTO SCHMIDT (Photo credit should read ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP/Getty Images)
MOUNT EVEREST, NEPAL, FEBRUARY 13, 2015: A line of trekkers walk through fresh snow beside the Khumbu Glacier, near the base of Mount Everest and Everest Base Camp in the Solu-Khumbu region of Nepal, February 13, 2015. Trekking is the largest sole source of income for many people living in the Solu-Khumbu region, home to the world's highest mountain, Mount Everest (8848m). According to leading researchers, in recent years the landscape and people of the Solu-Khumbu region have come under increasing pressure from raising temperatures and shifting climactic conditions. As well as being home to many of the world's highest mountains, the region holds some of the world's largest and highest glaciers, some of which have begun to show signs of increased and rapid melt. The Khumbu glacier, which lies at the foot of Mount Everest, has in the last decade begun to develop ponds of water on its surface, which scientists say could develop into a much larger lake on the glacierâs surface if warming trends continue. Recent research indicates that annual mean surface temperature in the Himalaya has increased by 1.5 degrees celsius over pre-industrial temperatures. (Photo by Ed Giles/Getty Images).
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On April 30, a famed Swiss climber fell to his death near Mount Everest during preparations to climb the world's highest mountain, while an 85-year-old Nepali man died at the base camp earlier this month while trying to set a record for the oldest climber.

Nepal has cleared 371 mountaineers to climb Mount Everest during the current season ending this month.

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