Israeli Everest climber honoured for rescuing Turk

By Jennifer Lipman, May 29, 2012

An Israeli who saved a Turkish climber's life when he was moments from the Everest summit is to be awarded Israel's Presidential Medal of Honour.

Nadav Ben Yehuda was on his way to becoming the youngest Israeli mountaineer to scale the mountain, when he saw that a fellow climber was in distress.

He abandoned his ascent to rescue the man – despite being just 300 yards from the summit.

The 24-year-old suffered frost-bite during the rescue, and is said by doctors to be in danger of losing his fingers. Both climbers were airlifted to a hospital in Kathmandu after the rescue, which came the same week as four climbers perished on Everest.

According to Ynet, Mr Ben Yehuda will receive the prestigious award next month from Israeli President Shimon Peres.

Last updated: 4:28pm, May 29 2012