'Race against time' to rescue Brits from Mount Everest

Rescuers face 'race against time' to rescue those stranded on Mount Everest Credit: Reuters

A British climber trapped on Mount Everest following the earthquake in Nepal has said rescuers face "a race against time" to reach those stranded.

James Grieve said the rescue effort was being hampered by storms and that his party's supplies would only last a few more days.

The 52-year-old, from Kinross, Scotland, is travelling in a party with fellow British climbers Alex Staniforth, 19, of Chester, expedition leader Daniel Mazur, from Bristol and Alex Schneider and Sam Chappatte, from London.

Mr Grieve, told the Sun in a phone interview: "Everyone is apprehensive about what's happening and what will happen in the next 24 hours.

"We have a few days of food and drink left. Our tents have all been lost and we have around 18 dead bodies at base camp.

"Rescue teams are struggling to get us help due to the weather and the next few days' forecasts are not great. There is a lot of confusion in the cap and there are still about 120 of us here waiting to be rescued.

"We are in a race against time to get off the mountain."