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Body of HK Mountaineer Missing for 10 Years Cremated in NW China
    2008-08-07 14:41:20     Xinhua
A body discovered by Chinese glacier researchers by chance last month on Mount Bogda in the northwestern Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region has been cremated, said local police on Thursday.

The remains turned out to be that of a Hong Kong mountaineer Lam Chi-wai who disappeared ten years ago, a police spokesman said.

The researchers with the Lanzhou glacier and frozen earth institute found the body on July 23 at 3,980 meters above sea level when they were climbing up the mountain on a scientific expedition.

Ho Chi-ming, head of the Hong Kong Ngok Fung Rock Climbing Society, arrived in Xinjiang on July 29 and confirmed that the identity of the body as society member Lam Chi-wai.

"I will take the ashes back to Hong Kong after I get the death certificate issued by the regional government," said Ho.

Ho said he would continue efforts to search for the other two members, Chan King-chuen, and Yeung Chi-ho, who disappeared with Lam Chi-wai.

The trio were with a 10-strong team from Hong Kong when they went lost in snowstorms on Aug. 15, 1998, as they attempted to scale the 5,445-meter peak of Bogda.

A Chinese Army helicopter searched the mountain area at up to 5,200 meters after the accident without success.

A group of rescuers dispatched by the Xinjiang Mountaineering Association found an empty tent with equipment buried in snow at 4,700 meters.

The search continued for 17 days and then were called off.

In June, the administration of the Bogda nature reserve banned trekkers and mountaineers from the snow-capped peak, a core region of the UN listed International Biosphere Reserve.
 
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