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Holidaymaker, 25, dies on ‘volcano from hell’ after falling while scaling 15,400ft peak in Ecuador

British holidaymaker, 25, dies on ‘volcano from hell’ after falling while scaling 15,400ft peak in Ecuador

  • Gil Banks was climbing Rucu Pichincha close to the capital Quito when he fell
  • He grew up in Glasgow however is believed to have moved to Israel along with his household
  • Friends have paid tribute to the eager triathlete and runner following the tragedy

A British holidaymaker has died after plunging off a volcano in Ecuador.

Gil Banks, 25, was climbing Rucu Pichincha close to the capital Quito when he fell to his demise on Sunday. 

One eminent geographer beforehand described hellish scenes in its crater as just like the ‘underworld’. 

A steam explosion from the crater additionally killed two scientists in 2000. Mr Banks grew up in Glasgow however is known to have relocated to Caesarea in Israel along with his household some years in the past. 

Gil Banks died after plunging off a volcano in Ecuador

A cloud of ash is seen from the centre of Quito as it bursts upward from the crater of the Guagua Pichincha volcanoin Ecuador

A cloud of ash is seen from the centre of Quito because it bursts upward from the crater of the Guagua Pichincha volcanoin Ecuador

The Israeli Embassy in Ecuador confirmed his demise in an announcement.

It mentioned: ‘We categorical our solidarity for this delicate loss and lengthen our deepest condolences to the household and pals.’ 

Mr Banks attended Mearns Castle High School in Newton Mearns, Renfrewshire. 

Friends paid tribute to the triathlete and eager runner. Triathlon coach Eduardo Finkelstein mentioned: ‘I keep in mind him, along with his wild crimson hair and nice smile… he was a rare runner. My sincerest condolences for the household right now. 

‘You have my deepest sympathy and unwavering assist. Wishing you peace, consolation, braveness and plenty of love right now of sorrow. My coronary heart goes out to you at this tough time.’

Neighbour and buddy Michael Sapir described Mr Banks as a ‘outstanding younger man’. 

Gil Banks, 25, was climbing Rucu Pichincha near the capital Quito when he fell to his death on Sunday

Gil Banks, 25, was climbing Rucu Pichincha close to the capital Quito when he fell to his demise on Sunday

He mentioned that Mr Banks was ‘an unbelievable athlete. Smart and impressive. Warm and beneficiant with an enormous pleasant coronary heart to all who knew him’. 

Childhood buddy Oz Hochman mentioned that Mr Banks was ‘an ideal and loving buddy’. 

He added: ‘It was an important honour and enjoyable for me to be a part of his journey that was supposed to finish fully in a different way.

‘I can not consider I’m separating from you however, on the opposite hand, I do know that experiences with you’ll accompany me till the tip of the world.’ 

The summit of Rucu Pichincha stands at 15,413ft (4,698m). It is an energetic volcano which final erupted in 1998. 

The first recorded ascent of the volcano’s larger peak, Guagua Pichincha, at 15,696ft (4,784m), was in 1582 by a gaggle of locals. 

Almost two centuries later, the volcano was the location of pioneering work by French geographer Charles-Marie de La Condamine, who made the ‘underworld’ parallel. 

He and members of the French Geodesic Mission spent 23 days on the summit of Rucu Pichincha as a part of their work on calculating the size of a level of latitude. 

Pichincha’s most up-to-date eruption, which started in August 1998, noticed Quito metropolis under lined in a number of inches of ash. 

Prior to that, a serious eruption occurred in 1660, when 12 inches of ash fell. The mountain was thought-about sacred by indigenous individuals. 

Its southern slopes had been additionally the location of the Battle of Pichincha in 1822 in the Spanish American wars of independence.

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