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British explorer dies of complete organ failure after collapsing just 30 miles from finish line in bid to become first man to cross Antarctica solo


Henry Worsley had abandoned the history-making Antarctic trek on Friday


The 55-year-old married father-of-two suffered exhaustion and dehydration


He was bidding to become the first adventurer to cross the Antarctic alone


But his family today confirmed he has died from 'complete organ failure'


He had been supported by Prince William and raised £100,000 for charity


A British explorer attempting to become the first person to make a solo crossing across Antarctica has died from complete organ failure, his family has announced.


Former Army officer Henry Worsley, 55, from Fulham, London, was 71 days in to his attempt to become the first adventurer to cross the continent completely unsupported and unassisted.


But with just 30miles to go to complete the history-making journey, he had to call for help and was airlifted off the ice on Friday.


Worthwhile: The married father-of-two (pictured) raised more than £100,000 for injured soldiers and even had Prince William pay tribute to his efforts


The married father-of-two attempted the expedition to mark the 100th anniversary of the failed Sir Ernest Shackleton journey

此行也是为了纪念100年前Ernest Shackleton爵士(G19注:英国探险家,在南极附近发现了南磁极)失败的远征。

Mr Worsley is pictured with his wife Joanna, 56, and two children Alicia, 19, and Max, 21, at a Kensington Palace event held prior to his departure to the ice


Mr Worsley had embarked on his quest last November, aiming to complete explorer British explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton's unfinished attempt of a century ago.

沃斯利去年11月坐船出发,立志完成探险家Ernest Shackleton爵士一个世纪前未完成旅程(G19注:但是Sir Ernest Shackleton百年前并非一人)

It was during this failed journey, from 1914 to 1917, Mr Worsley's ancestor Frank Worsley participated as Shackleton's skipper on the Endurance.

从1914年到1917年期间,正是沃斯利先生的祖辈弗兰克沃斯利,作为Ernest Shackleton爵士长期的船长,参加了其的失败旅程。

Today his wife Joanna said in a statement: 'It is with heartbroken sadness I let you know that my husband, Henry Worsley, has died following complete organ failure; despite all efforts of ALE and medical staff at the Clinica Magallanes in Punta Arenas, Chile.


'Henry achieved his Shackleton Solo goals: of raising over £100,000 for the Endeavour Fund, to help his wounded colleagues, and so nearly completing the first unsupported crossing of the Antarctic landmass.


'A crossing made, under exceptionally difficult weather conditions, to mark the 100th anniversary of Sir Ernest Shackleton's Endurance expedition - his lifelong hero.

“这次穿越在极其恶劣的气候条件下进行,用以纪念他的英雄——Ernest Shackleton爵士——百年前的考察。”

'On behalf of myself and family, I wish to thank the many hundreds of you who have shown unfailing support to Henry throughout his courageous final challenge and great generosity to the Endeavour Fund. Donations now total over £106,773.'


It was reported late last week his body 'shut down' from exhaustion and extreme dehydration after trekking 913 miles.


After spending two days unable to move from his tent, the married father-of-two decide to pull out of the charity adventure and he was airlifted to hospital on Friday with a potentially deadly infection.


The Duke of Cambridge, who was patron of the expedition, expressed his immense sadness at the explorer's death, saying he and Prince Harry had lost a friend.


He paid tribute to Mr Worsley's 'selfless commitment' to his fellow servicemen and women, and pledged to make sure his family receive all they support they need.


Prince William meets with Mr Worsley at Kensington Palace ahead of the explorer's attempt to cross the icy continent


Mr Worsley drags his sled, containing his provisions and camping equipment, across the snow in Antarctica