Antarctic Adventurer Dies Henry Worsley died after having been rescued while trying to cross Antarctica unaided.
The British polar adventurer Henry Worsley died on January 24, 2016, in Punta Arenas, Chile, after having been rescued the day before from Antarctica.
Worsley had been attempting the first completely unaided solo trek across the southern continent and was close to his 1,100-mile (1,770-km) goal when his health failed, and he was unable to continue the journey. The ailing trekker was airlifted to Punta Arenas, where he died of peritonitis.
Worsley, who had recently retired from the British army, was attempting the cross-Antarctica expedition that Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton had planned a century earlier but had been unable to start after his party was shipwrecked and stranded. Worsley left from the Ronne Ice Shelf on November 14, 2015, and reached the South Pole on January 2, 2016. He then headed for the Ross Ice Shelf and was only some 30 miles (50 km) from his planned take-out point when he called off the journey. He had undertaken the expedition as a fundraiser for the Endeavour Fund, a charitable organization supported by Britain’s Princes William and Harry.
British explorer dies of dehydration crossing Antarctic just 30 miles short of goal.
British explorer Henry Worsley has died attempting to be the first person to cross the Antarctic unaided, in an epic charity mission inspired by Ernest Shackleton.
The 55-year-old former British Army officer died after being airlifted to a hospital in Punta Arenas, Chile, suffering severe exhaustion and dehydration.
The father-of-two was found to have bacterial peritonitis (a bacterial infection in the abdomen), after having trekked around 913 miles unaided across the South Pole — just 30 miles short of his end goal.
With David BeckhamWorsley was 71 days into his record-breaking solo mission to complete the legendary British explorer Ernest Shackleton’s unsuccessful crossing of Antarctica in the early 1900s.
But Worsley was forced to call for help on Friday amid blizzard conditions, and in poor health he was airlifted to hospital.
Worsley’s last statement sent from
“The 71 days alone on the Antarctic with over 900 statute miles covered and a gradual grinding down of my physical endurance finally took its toll today, and it is with sadness that I report it is journey’s end — so close to my goal.”
Prince William, a friend of Worsley and a patron of the Shackleton Solo Expedition, said he and his brother Prince Harry were saddened by the news.
“He was a man who showed great courage and determination,” he said. “We are incredibly proud to be associated with him.
“Even after retiring from the Army, Henry continued to show selfless commitment to his fellow servicemen and women, by undertaking this extraordinary Shackleton solo expedition on their behalf.”
Worsley’s wife Joanna said:
‘It is with heartbroken sadness I let you know that my husband Henry Worsley has died following complete organ failure; despite all efforts of ALE [Worsley’s expedition team] and medical staff at the Clinica Magallanes in Punta Arenas, Chile.
“Henry achieved his Shackleton Solo goals: of raising over £100,000 ($142,000) for the Endeavour Fund, to help his wounded colleagues, and so nearly completing the first unsupported crossing of the Antarctic landmass. A crossing made, under exceptionally difficult weather conditions, to mark the 100th anniversary of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s Endurance expedition — his lifelong hero.”
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