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Australian climber rescued after being found unconscious on Everest

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An Australian climber found unconscious and in a critical condition on Mount Everest has been rescued by a Tibetan mountain crew.

An Australian climber has been rescued by Tibetan alpine specialists after being found unconscious on the northern slopes of Mount Everest.

The man was experiencing health problems at an altitude of 7500m when he was discovered on Wednesday by a four-person mountaineering crew returning from repair work, The China Daily reported. 

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"The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFAT) and Trade is providing consular assistance to an Australian man hospitalised in Kathmandu," a DFAT spokesperson told SBS News. 

The team used a riding yak to help move the climber to a base camp.

He was then taken to a hospital in Kathmandu where his condition has since improved.

The local media report said the four-person mountaineering group from Tibet Himalaya Expedition Co were on their way down after repair work when they spotted the Australian.

The group then stayed one night with the man before bringing him to a camp at 5,200m on Thursday with the help of a yak.

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The rescue comes as an increased number of climbers have been reported dead or missing on Mount Everest this season.

British climber Robin Haynes Fisher, 44, died descending from the summit on Saturday, bringing this season's death toll to 10.

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A day earlier, Irishman Kevin Hynes, 56, died in his tent at 7,000m after he had decided to turn back without reaching the summit, UK-based climbing company 360 Expeditions said in a statement. 

 A Nepalese guide, 33-year-old Dhurba Bista, also died on Friday after being airlifted to base camp.

People have blamed overcrowding at the summit for creating unsafe conditions, leading to an increase in deaths.

Hundreds of climbers from around the world gather each year in the spring to try to scale Mount Everest.

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