The 32-year-old Briton has “amputated a leg” after suffering a serious injury while climbing a mountain in Argentina

A BRIT climber had his leg amputated after suffering a serious climbing accident.

The 32-year-old also suffered a fractured skull in the crash on Argentina’s 22,837-foot Mount Aconcagua, the highest outside of Asia.

The man climbed Mount Aconcagua


The man climbed Mount AconcaguaPhoto credit: Getty

The unnamed Briton reportedly fell near Condor’s Nest, the site of a high-altitude base camp, when he was at just over 20,000 feet.

He was evacuated by helicopter before being taken to Hospital Central in the western Argentinian city of Mendoza by an ambulance with a police escort to expedite his arrival.

The alarm went off around 6 p.m. local time on Tuesday.

Local officials said he fractured the base of his skull and had his right leg amputated as a result of his fall.

He was said to be unconscious and in a “serious condition” when he was taken to hospital.

There is no update from the hospital yet.

Tuesday’s accident came three days after a 55-year-old French climber fought for his life after falling near the same spot.

He suffered multiple injuries, including chest injuries and a fractured skull.

He remained in intensive care yesterday on a ventilator. Local reports said doctors were considering transferring him to Argentina’s capital, Buenos Aires.

Located in the main Andes chain, Aconcagua is 70 miles northwest of Mendoza and just 14 km from Argentina’s border with Chile.

The normal route of the route is the easiest, with the other routes, especially the south face climb, considered quite difficult.

Around 75 percent of climbers are foreigners, with the British leading after Americans and Germans.

British tourist Roger Cookson, 58, died in January 2015 after falling ill while attempting to climb Mount Aconcagua with a friend and a local guide.

They were just 500 meters from the summit when the Scot went into respiratory failure. The 32-year-old Briton has “amputated a leg” after suffering a serious injury while climbing a mountain in Argentina


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