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Everest mountaineer Bonita Norris injured in fall

Bonita Norris
Bonita Norris plans to climb down to base-camp on Wednesday

A Berkshire mountaineer who on Monday became the youngest British woman to reach the summit of Everest has been hurt in a fall during the descent.

Bonita Norris, 22, from Wokingham, suffered a back injury but is not seriously hurt, her family said.

A Sherpa team helped bring her from close to the summit to Camp 3, lower down the mountain.

She was part of an expedition lead by Kenton Cool, 36, from Gloucestershire, who scaled it for the the eighth time.

Mr Cool, from Fairford, broke his own British record when he completed the challenge at about 0600 local time (0100 BST) on Monday.

Ms Norris reached the summit at about 1130 local time (0630 BST).

She has spoken to her family via satellite phone and told them that the descent was problematic, and that she faced "challenging conditions", though it is not known exactly why or how she fell.

She said she does expect to be well enough to climb down the remaining 5km (3 miles) to base-camp on Wednesday morning.

The other members of the expedition are two American men and an Australian woman.



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