The daughter of a 50-year-old Alabama doctor who died during his Mount Everest climb is speaking out about her adventure-seeking father’s death.
“He was extremely prepared for this. He was confident that he was going to reach the top, come back down and come back home,” Yearwood’s daughter, who remained unnamed during the segment, told Today on Monday.
The physician had returned to Everest after surviving an avalanche on the mountain in 2015 during a devastating earthquake. He and his group survived the incident and descended to base camp, where a helicopter rescued them. Eighteen people reportedly died at base camp during that incident, according to local news site AL.com.
“He wanted to work even harder to go back up there. That was all he thought about and wanted to do,” his daughter said.
It is not yet clear whether Yearwood reached the summit or why he did not make it back, according to Today.
“He was really honest, really kind and a generous person. I was really lucky to have him as a dad,” she said. “He gets to be in the place that he wanted to accomplish his goal, and that’s where he’s going to be forever.”
Climbing Everest carries dangerous risks of high-altitude related sicknesses, and every spring climbing season in recent years has claimed lives, with more than 280 dying over the years, according to The Washington Post.