A New Jersey mountaineer has died after collapsing while trying to reach the summit of Denali Mountain in Alaska, the National Park Service has announced.
Mountaineer, Fernando Birman, 48, collapsed at 19,700ft while attempting the summit on Friday, the statement said. His mountain guides attempted CPR, but Birman never found a pulse.
He was pronounced dead at the scene and his cause of death is unknown but is consistent with sudden cardiac arrest, according to the National Park Service.
His body was recovered and taken to the Alaska State Medical Examiner Friday evening.
Birman was part of a 12-member guided tour that began its ascent on May 22, said Sharon Stiteler, spokeswoman for Denali National Park.
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Last month, a Japanese climber was presumed dead after falling into a crevasse near Mount Hunter.
The 43-year-old climber was unattached to his teammates when he fell through a low ice bridge near their camp at around 8,000ft on the southeast fork of the Kahiltna Glacier.
The body of Austrian solo mountaineer Matthias Rimml was found earlier in May after he died while attempting to climb the mountain.
There have been 129 climbing deaths in the park since 1932, Stiteler said.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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