Sir Ranulph quits expedition

The Somerset based explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes has had to pull out of his latest expedition after developing frostbite.

Sir Ranulph to begin frostbite treatment

The explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes - who lives on Exmoor - is due to begin treatment for severe frostbite in South Africa.

He was flown out of Antarctica last night after being forced to abandon his latest challenge. He had hoped to be one of the first people to cross Antarctica in winter but his team say the expedition will go on without him.

I have undergone a number of tests on my frostbitten hand both in Antarctica and since arriving here in Cape Town, and I am due to have additional tests here before leaving for the UK.

I feel very lucky to have been treated with the upmost care by extremely well trained professionals and have felt in safe hands throughout.

The warmth of Cape Town seems a million miles from the conditions my expedition partners are experiencing right now on the ice.

Those five men are forever in my thoughts and I wish them all the luck in the world for the expedition ahead.

Under the expert leadership of Brian Newham, I know that they have every chance of pulling off this extraordinary feat and making me and people across the Commonwealth extremely proud.

It is a very difficult and dangerous undertaking, but if there is any one group of people who can do it, it is them.

But now my focus is on returning to the UK, getting well and throwing all of my energy into helping the team there promote our aims, and making sure we raise $10 million for Seeing is Believing as we have set out to do.

– Sir Ranulph Fiennes

Sir Ranulph stranded at Antarctic base camp

Sir Ranulph Fiennes was injured in a fall while skiing during training at base camp
Sir Ranulph Fiennes was injured in a fall while skiing during training at base camp Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire

Sir Ranulph Fiennes remains stranded at his team's base camp in Antarctica because of the bad weather.

The Exmoor based explorer, 68, has been forced to pull out of an expedition to walk across the continent because of severe frostbite.

He was injured after a fall while skiing during training at a base camp in Antarctica. He used his bare hands to fix a ski binding in temperatures of around minus 30C.

Sir Ranulph Fiennes medical team say it's too early to determine the full extent of the injury but treatment is going well.

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Sir Ranulph Fiennes forced to quit Antarctica expedition

Sir Ranulph Fiennes has had to pull out of his latest expedition after developing frostbite. Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire

The Somerset based explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes has had to pull out of his latest expedition.

He was leading a team due to try to cross Antarctica in winter.

The expedition is billed as 'The Coldest Journey'. Sir Ranulph had to leave the group after developing frostbite.