Sir Ranulph Fiennes pulls out of expedition across Antarctica
SIR Ranulph Fiennes has pulled out of an expedition across Antarctica in winter because of frostbite.
The 68-year-old was injured after a fall while skiing during training at a base camp in Antarctica.
He developed frostbite after using his bare hands to fix a ski binding in temperatures of around minus 30C.
Sir Ranulph will now leave the Coldest Journey expedition but organisers said his evacuation to South Africa was being hampered by blizzard conditions.
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Despite the South West-based explorer's withdrawal his team-mates will continue with the 2,000-mile (3,219km) trek.
A spokesman said: "We regret to announce that Sir Ranulph Fiennes has developed a case of frostbite. The condition is such that he has very reluctantly decided ... to withdraw."