1. HAWAII WOMAN MISSING FOR 2 WEEKS RESCUED FROM MAUI FOREST
WAILUKU: A Hawaii woman has been found alive in a forest on Maui island after going missing more than two weeks ago.
Amanda Eller, a physical therapist from Maui town of Haiku who went missing since May 8th, was found malnourished, shoe-less and had a broken leg and torn meniscus in her knee as well as sunburn.
Volunteers spent days scouring the thick forest around the trailhead hours after a campaign of ‘Find Amanda’ was launched on Facebook and an offer of 50,000 dollar rewards had been made for information.
Eller was spotted by the rescuers in a helicopter hired by her family on Friday afternoon in a ravine by a waterfall, miles from her vehicle where she left her wallet and her handphone inside.
Eller was airlifted to a hospital and expected to make a full recovery.
2. NEPAL’S RECORD-SETTING EVEREST GUIDE RETURNS
KATHMANDU: A veteran Sherpa guide returned to Nepal’s capital on Saturday, days after his 24th climb of Mount Everest extended his record.
After flying back from Everest to Kathmandu, Kami Rita, 49, was greeted by the waiting crowd and welcomed with traditional drums at the airport.
Rita reached Everest’s 8,850-meter peak in his second climb on Tuesday and reached the top of the world’s highest peak on May 15th before climbing again this past week.
There are 41 teams with a total of 378 climbers permitted to scale Everest during the spring climbing season and about half a dozen climbers died this past week while descending from the summit.