Search for missing Bray climber on Everest now recovery operation

Everest Search For Missing Tri

Everest Search For Missing Tri

Nearly €200,000 has been raised in one day towards the cost of a recovery operation for Seamus Lawless, a Trinity College Dublin professor who is missing on Mount Everest.

Writing on a GoFundMe page, the family said the insurance company that provided a policy for Seamus are now not providing assistance with the search and rescue.

The family of Mr Lawless say the money being raised is for a team of expert Sherpas to help recover him.

The assistant professor in artificial intelligence at Trinity's School of Computer Science and Statistics successfully reached the summit of the mountain on Thursday.

The search has since become a recovery operation, the company that organised the climb told Irish broadcaster RTÉ.

The family spokesperson added that they have received "little to no information" about what happened on Thursday morning.

The university said: "Together as a community who knows Shay for his spirit and kindness, his strength and his resilience, and above all for his dreams and visions, we want to light a candle together to not lose sight of the light itself and to carry our hopes and thoughts as far as only light can carry them".

Time is of the essence in the search mission and the costs of running this mission are substantial.

Seamus "Shay" Lawless, from Bray, Co Wicklow, fell as he descended the peak on Thursday having just achieved a lifetime ambition of reaching the summit.

"The Sherpas were shouting for him but couldn't find him". As time passes the more hard it will be for everyone in the group and for rescuers to locate Mr Lawless.

The GPS worn by Mr Lawless has been found nearly 500m from where he fell, but experts have said it is possible the device became detached.

"He set out on this incredible journey to summit Mount Everest not only to challenge himself but to raise vital funds on behalf of Barretstown, a charity that provides respite and recreation to children with serious illnesses".

Professor Vinny Wade of Trinity College issued a statement last evening saying: "At this deeply upsetting time, we are thinking of our friend and colleague, Séamus (Shay) Lawless".

"The team has gone through a very challenging descent losing two of their team members, unfortunately".

More than €130,000 - nearly 20% of the final goal - has already been raised since the GoFundMe campaign was launched yesterday evening.

"Everybody that goes there is very much prepared, but of course there's risk, it's one of the things that goes with it".

Nearly 300 climbers have lost their lives on Mount Everest over the years.

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