A search will commence today for an Irish climber missing on Mount Everest, according to local media reports.

Trinity College professor Seamus Lawless fell during his descent from the mountain last week.

Nine climbers, led by mountaineer Noel Hanna, who was part of Mr Lawless's original climbing group, will begin a search operation later this evening, according to reports in the Himalayan Times.

The owner of Seven Summit Treks, which organised Mr Lawless's expedition, said eight high-altitude sherpa climbers, including Temba Bhote, who ascended the mountain last week would also be involved in the search.

"Hanna was a team leader of the expedition while Bhote served as a lead guide," said Mingma Sherpa.

Mr Mingma said that both men were aware of the location in the treacherous 'balcony' area from where Mr Lawless fell.

"The team equipped with search and recovery equipment will try its best to recover Mr Lawless".

Searching has been hampered by poor weather and this is the first formal attempt to return to the area in which the 39-year-old fell.

Last week, the Lawless family launched a fundraising appeal to help locate the climber.

Writing on a GoFundMe page, the family said the insurance company that provided a policy for the father-of-one is currently not providing assistance with the search and rescue.

More than €250,000 has been pledged so far.


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