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An avalanche killed five Poles climbing Mount Everest and seriously injured a sixth mountaineer, who was stranded on the 29,028-foot peak for several hours as heavy snow hampered rescue efforts, the Ministry of Tourism reported.

The six climbers belonged to a 19-member, Polish-led expedition team that included four U.S. mountaineers. Two of the six climbers scaled the world's tallest mountain Wednesday, the ministry said Sunday.Killed in the avalanche Saturday were: Andrej Hainrich, 51; Mir-oslaw Dasel, 26; Miroslaw Gardzielewski, 35; and Waclaw Otreba, 50. Eugeniusz Chrobak, 30, team leader, died Sunday from injuries.

Andrej Marciniak, 30, suffered broken ribs and was stranded on the upper reaches of Everest until he made his way down to camp alone Sunday night, the ministry said. Foul weather and the steepness of the area had hampered rescue efforts, which included a helicopter team.

Marciniak and Chrobak reached the summit Wednesday, going up the steep and narrow West Ridge without oxygen supplies in a daring 20-hour bid from a camp at 26,246 feet, the ministry said.