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Saturday 24 August 2019

Family of tragic Everest dad Kevin 'keeping legacy alive'

Father-of-two Kevin Hynes was the second Irishman to die on Everest this year, after Seamus Lawless
Father-of-two Kevin Hynes was the second Irishman to die on Everest this year, after Seamus Lawless

A woman whose father died as he attempted to scale the world's highest mountain for the second time wants to keep his legacy of following his dreams alive.

Father-of-two Kevin Hynes (56), originally from the village of Newbridge, Co Galway, died two weeks ago after he had descended several hundred metres from Mount Everest.

Sickness

The climber, who had lived in the UK for around 30 years, was part of a group from the UK-based climbing company 360 Expeditions, which was attempting to scale Everest from the North Col (Tibetan side), which stands at 8,848 metres.

He died in his tent at the North Col at 7,000 metres on May 24.

It is understood that altitude sickness, caused by low levels of oxygen, is linked to his death.

His daughter Erin has set up a GoFundMe campaign to help support local charities for young people who want to "follow their dreams".

"Following my father's adventure to Everest and subsequent passing, Mum, James and I would like to keep his legacy and passions alive through supporting local charities which help young people to develop their skills and encourage them to follow their dreams," she wrote.

"My dad was always known as generous in the love and time given to others to support them in their ambitions and individual aspirations and we hope by setting up this page we can continue his legacy.

"We are in the process of setting up a long-term plan to form a charitable trust in my dad's name.

"In the meantime, we are working with The Childhood Trust to ensure the generous donations received are allocated to ongoing projects and initiatives which would have been close to my dad's heart."

Ms Hynes went on to thank extended family, friends, work colleagues and the public for their support following her father's death.

The fund has so far raised £9,450 (€10,700).

Mr Hynes was the second Irishman to die on Everest this year.

Father-of-one Seamus Lawless, from Bray, Co Wicklow, died following a freak fall only hours after reaching the summit on May 16. His body has not been recovered.

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