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Rugby player's brush with death

PUBLISHED: 13:48 03 June 2010 | UPDATED: 11:19 12 August 2010

A WORLD Cup champion rugby player diced with death when his oxygen supply failed as he attempted to climb the world s highest mountain.

A WORLD Cup champion rugby player diced with death when his oxygen supply failed as he attempted to climb the world's highest mountain.

Josh Lewsey, 33, born in Bromley, described how he terrifyingly came close to dying when his breathing equipment malfunctioned.

He abandoned the climb last Wednesday and said he had "never been so scared" as he made his way down the mountain passing dead bodies.

The former England player said: "The most terrifying thing was seeing the dead bodies and realising that I could be one of them. All you want to do is sit down and sleep because your oxygen levels are so low - but that's how they all ended up dying.

"I must admit there were mixed feelings as my team-mates made it to the top. I was delighted for them but I was very disappointed I could not be there with them.

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