The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry have expressed their enormous sadness at the death of explorer Henry Worsley, who was on the verge of making history with the first solo crossing of the Antarctic.
He underwent surgery but expired on Sunday.Worsley was wanting to v incomplete journey of his lifelong hero Sir Ernest Shackleton to mark the 100th anniversary of Shackleton’s expedition. Fellow adventurers at learning the news, Bear Grylls and Ben Fogle described their devastation.
Grylls wrote: “One of the most powerful guys & most courageous soldiers I understand. Praying for his particular family,” while Fogle said: ” So sad to know that Antarctic explorer Henry Worsley @shackletonsolo has passed away.
An inspiration to us all.”Fighting temperatures of minus 44C (minus 47.2F), handling white out blizzards and dangerous ice, the former-lieutenant colonel was 71 days into his expedition, had passed the South Pole and covered 913 miles (1,469kilometer).After spending two days unable to move from his tent, the married dad-of-two took the choice to pull out of the charity experience after suffering from exhaustion and severe dehydration.
His wife Joanna, who flew to be by his side, said in a statement: “It’s with heartbroken despair I let you understand that my husband, Henry Worsley, has expired following whole organ failure; despite all attempts of ALE (Antarctic Logistics and Expeditions) and medical staff in the Clinica Magallanes in Punta Arenas, Chile.”She paid homage to her husband for achieving his goal of raising more than GBP100,000 to help wounded service employees.