Briton Leslie Binns abandons Everest peak to save fellow climber

Briton Leslie Binns abandons Everest peak to save fellow climber

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A British ex-serviceman abandoned his Mount Everest climb some 500m from the summit to save a fellow mountaineer.

Leslie Binns, 42, from Rotherham, South Yorkshire, turned around to save Sunita Hazra, an Indian woman, who was scaling the summit ahead of him.

He said he felt “immensely proud” to have saved a life but wished he could have also helped save another climber, who died on the descent.

Mr Binns was blinded in his left eye after an explosion in Afghanistan.

He was in the Army for 13 years, serving in Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan and was blown up four times. He has been awarded two medals, including the Queen’s Commendation for Bravery for finding improvised explosive devices in Afghanistan in 2009.

Ms Hazra, who is 32 and lives near Kolkata in India, left hospital on Wednesday.

Her brother Kingshuk Chatterjee told the BBC the family “cannot express our gratitude” to Mr Binns for saving her.

“He’s the reason why she is still alive now,” he said. “He is a very brave man.”