British Explorer Dies Trying To Cross The Antarctic


Staff Writer

On November 14, 2015, a British explorer started his expedition in his attempt to cross the Antarctic, “in an epic charity mission inspired by Ernest Shackleton.” 55 year old, Henry Worsley, a former British Army officer, was almost the first person to cross the Antarctic. 100 years before him, another British explorer by the name Ernest Shackleton, had attempted to do the same. However, Shackleton failed due to his ship getting stuck in ice and ended up sinking.

Henry Worsley  trekked about 913 miles without any assistance from anyone. He had spent 71 days trying to complete his goal not only trying to break a new record, but also to gain money for charity. He also was only 30 miles short of his goal. On Friday, January 22, 2016, he had to call for help because of bad health and blizzard conditions. Worsley had a bacterial infection, located in the abdomen, called Bacterial Peritonitis. He had been airlifted to Punta Arenas, Chile, where a hospital was located. After, he died suffering from severe exhaustion and dehydration. His last statement sent on his travels said: “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.”

When a friend and patron of Worsley and of the Shackleton Solo Expedition, Prince William and his brother, Prince Harry heard of Worsley’s death, they were saddened and had this to say,”He was a man who showed great courage and determination. We are incredibly proud to be associated with him.” After Worsley retired from the army, he always showed “selfless commitment to his fellow service men and women.” One way he showed it was by doing this expedition. He ended up raising £100,000, which is $142,000, to help his wounded colleagues.

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