A retired Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer was evacuated off Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania July 29 after reaching the summit, according to CMPD.
Marc DeLuca was a part of a group of nine from Charlotte Rotary International 7680 climbing for the End Polio Now charity.
After trekking for over four days to Gillman’s Point at an elevation of 18,650 ft., DeLuca succumbed to acute mountain sickness and the onset of the life-threatening High Altitude Pulmonary Edema, which is when fluid accumulates in the lungs in altitudes typically above 8,200 ft.
Once back at base camp Kilimanjaro, guides made the decision to get him to lower altitude as fast as possible. Two other climbers were also evacuated due to medical reasons, according to CMPD.
CMPD said that DeLuca has bicycled about 4500 miles coast to coast, hiked the Appalachian Trail and kayaked 1,515 miles around the state of Florida. According to an online forum post, he said he has run in a dozen marathons, several ultra-marathons and numerous long distance cycling events.
He is expected to return to the United States on Aug. 5.