Indian-origin Singaporean climber Shrinivas Sainis Dattatraya was missing while returning from the Mount Everest summit on Friday, May 19, 2023. His family has sought support from government authorities and voiced urgent attention to find and rescue the victim.
According to a petition filed by his cousin Divya Bharath on change.org, Shrinivas set out from Singapore to Nepal to climb the highest peak with organizers Nepal Guide Treks, and Seven Summit. He was preparing himself rigorously for twelve months. "On the morning of the 19th of May, he successfully summited Everest. But on his way down, he seems to have suffered frostbite and altitude sickness," Divya Bharath wrote in the petition. The family mentioned in the petition that the victim seemed to have separated himself from the group and fell at around 8000 metres, likely onto the Tibetan side of the mountain.
According to a report by the Strait Times, the victim, a 39-year-old, is an executive director at the real estate firm Jones Lang LaSalle. Shrinivas who headed for the journey on April 1, 2023, was due to return home on June 4, 2023. The report mentioned that his wife Sushma Soma last heard from him at 3:30 pm on Friday. At 2 am on Saturday, May 20, 2023, Soma learnt that the two Sherpas he was with, as well as another person in the group, made it down from the mountain, but her husband never did. A group of sherpas began the search operation, the petition revealed.
"We need a special rescue team that is trained to operate in such risky terrain, as well as to ensure that this whole rescue operation is not hindered by diplomatic paperwork (given Tibet, Nepal)," the petition added. The petition on change.org received over 30,000 signatures at the time of writing.