Cheshire teenager safe after avalanche on Everest

Alex Sandiforth has tweeted to say he's OK after Nepal earthquake triggered avalanche while he was climbing Mount Everest

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Teen who escaped avalanche 'shocked' by his experience

A teenager from Cheshire who was caught in an avalanche on Mount Everest says he has been left deeply shocked by his experience

19-year-old Alex Staniforth was climbing the mountain when the landslide was triggered by the Nepal earthquake.

He spoke to Tony Morris and Lucy Meacock in our Media City studio about his journey.

Avalanche teen arrives at Manchester Airport

A teenager from Cheshire who was caught in an avalanche on Mount Everest has returned home.

19-year-old Alex Staniforth was climbing the mountain when the landslide was triggered by the Nepal earthquake.

Alex from Chester, was at Camp 1 on the world's highest peak when the devastating quake hit.

Read about Alex's account of the devastation here

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Prayers for earthquake victims

More than 5000 people have died in the earthquake in Nepal Credit: PA

Manchester Cathedral has set up a prayer station to remember those affected by the earthquake in Nepal. A UK appeal for disaster victims has raised more than £19m and the Nepalese community in Manchester, the largest outside London, have also been gearing up their relief efforts. Meanwhile, Cheshire fire fighters have arrived in the region as part of an International Search and Rescue Team. The team is searching for survivors in the capital, Kathmandu.

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North West rallies to help Nepal as relatives wait for news

A major effort is getting underway across our region to help the survivors of the earthquake in Nepal.

Volunteers are giving their time and money after thousands of people were killed and many more were left injured and homeless.

Meanwhile many families here are desperately waiting for news of loved ones caught up in the disaster several thousand miles away.

Our correspondent Matt O'Donoghue has the story:

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British climber: I thought avalanche would bury me alive

A British climber has told of his terror as huge crevasses opened up around him and chunks of ice and snow threw him to his knees as he scaled the slopes of Mount Everest.

Alex Staniforth was with an expedition group climbing the mountain when a powerful earthquake hit Nepal, triggering an avalanche which claimed at least 18 lives - including three of the group's Nepali guides.

British climber Alex Staniforth has spoken of his terror as the avalanche struck Credit: Alex Staniforth

In an official statement released today, he revealed he believed he would be buried alive.

I was in the icefall when the ground shook; the same force that released huge avalanches full of rock/landslides... I couldn't run due to huge crevasses surrounding me.

I was blinded, thrown to my knees, suffocated by what felt like a snow cannon. I thought this was it - I was going to be buried.

– Alex Staniforth
Base camp was all but destroyed in the avalanche Credit: Alex Staniforth

The avalanche trapped many of the 350 climbers on the mountain at the time, but clear weather has meant helicopters have now been able to rescue everyone.

My team are now safely back at base camp after being evacuated from Camp 1 this morning, as the icefall was impassable due to the earthquake.

Tragically three of our Nepali staff were killed at base camp and I am hugely saddened by their loss. They are very much in my thoughts and I am very lucky to be alive.

– Alex Staniforth

He said he will be staying for a few days to help with the clean-up at base camp, and is due to return to the UK later this week.

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Cheshire fire crews begin Nepal mission

Bryn, Cheshire Fire Service's search and rescue dog. Credit: Cheshire Fire Service.

A team of firefighters from Cheshire have set off to help in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake in Nepal that has killed thousands of people.

Six Cheshire staff and a rescue dog are joining a 67-strong International Search and Rescue Team.

The six from Cheshire are:

  • Mark Coleman, based at the Service’s Headquarters in Winsford.
  • Alexander Hayes, based at Crewe Fire Station.
  • Stuart Deveraux, based at the Service Headquarters.
  • John Turner, based at Chester Fire Station.
  • Daz Tennant, based at Chester Fire Station.
  • Steve Buckley, based at Knutsford Fire Station.
  • The Service's search and rescue dog, Bryn.

Names released of those missing in Nepal

The names of a number of people from the North West missing in Nepal after a devastating earthquake over the weekend have been released. The Red Cross say 90 British people are unaccounted for - 6 of those have been identified as coming from our region.

  • George Richard Wilson, 69, Manchester
  • Ian Wainman, 42, Merseyside - believed to be safe
  • Karl Townsend, 43, Liverpool
  • Martin Donnelly, 34, Stockport
  • Mike Russell, 42, Lancashire - believed to be safe
  • Naomi Everett, 24 Manchester
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