This is heartbreaking. On a charity mission, covering nearly 1,000 miles across Anarctica all alone, and just 30 miles short of a goal.
That’s how British explorer Henry Worsley died.
Worsley was 71 days into his ambitious solo mission to complete legendary explorer Ernest Shackleton’s unsuccessful crossing of Antarctica a century ago.
In his last statement sent from Antarctica, Worsley 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.”
The 55-year-old former British Army officer died after being airlifted to a hospital in Punta Arenas, Chile, suffering severe exhaustion and dehydration and dying from complete organ failure. He was found to have bacterial peritonitis,
Prince William, a friend of Worsley and a patron of the Shackleton Solo Expedition, said he and his brother Prince Harry were saddened by the news. “He was a man who showed great courage and determination,” he said. “We are incredibly proud to be associated with him.
“Even after retiring from the Army, Henry continued to show selfless commitment to his fellow servicemen and women, by undertaking this extraordinary Shackleton solo expedition on their behalf.”