06-03-2016, 02:38 AM #1Registered User
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British ex-serviceman abandons Everest climb to save fellow climber
British ex-serviceman abandons Everest climb in striking distance of summit to save fellow climber
A British ex-serviceman has been hailed as a hero after abandoning his climb up Mount Everest within striking distance of the summit to save the life of a fellow mountaineer.
Leslie Binns, 42, who lost his left eye in an explosion while serving in Afghanistan, turned around just 500 metres from the summit to help Sunita Hazra, an Indian woman, get down safely.
06-03-2016, 07:43 AM #2Registered User
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A British ex-serviceman abandoned his Mount Everest climb some 500m from the summit to save a fellow mountaineer.
Leslie Binns, 42, from Rotherham, South Yorkshire, turned around to save Sunita Hazra, an Indian woman, who was scaling the summit ahead of him.
He said he felt "immensely proud" to have saved a life but wished he could have also helped save another climber, who died on the descent.
Mr Binns was blinded in his left eye after an explosion in Afghanistan.
He was in the Army for 13 years, serving in Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan and was blown up four times. He has been awarded two medals, including the Queen's Commendation for Bravery for finding improvised explosive devices in Afghanistan in 2009.
Ms Hazra, who is 32 and lives near Kolkata in India, left hospital on Wednesday.
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