David Malcolm Prentice, a British mountain climbing promoter has died after developing breathing complications while hiking Mount Elgon, in Eastern Uganda.
Malcolm Prentice was in the company of another tourist whose identity
has not been established yet. He has been marketing Mount Elgon to the
United Kingdom under a program dubbed World challenge.
Jossy Muhangi, the Public Relations Manager of Uganda Wildlife
Authority says the 72-year old tourist had been hiking the steep side of
the mountain when he developed breathing complications. He was filming
on the Suam trail of Mount Elgon when the tragedy occurred.
Muhangi says communication was sent to UWA offices in Mbale where
nine rangers were deployed to join the six guides who had initially
accompanied him, for a rescue. He however died as the guides carried him
back to the trail head for medical attention.
This is the sixth time Malcolm had been on hiking on mountain Elgon.
He reportedly started hiking about six years ago and has been
visiting the country every year since then. On the previous occasions he
had reached the peak of the mountain both from Uganda and Kenya sides.
He is best known as an avid promoter of eco –tourism who had plans of developing and promoting new trails.