A UK survivor of an avalanche on Mount Everest is "incredibly shocked" but safe after being rescued from the mountain by helicopter this morning, support staff say.
Westgrove Group, sponsors of climber Alex Staniforth, said the 19-year-old from Chester was "completely devastated at the tragic loss of lives of so many people, many whom he classed as friends both around Everest basecamp and in the region."
"We are hoping that he can be airlifted to Kathmandu over the next 24hours for his safe passage home to his family and friends."
Staniforth's mother also issued a short statement, saying: "We are all very worried but very relieved that Alex is unhurt and now at Basecamp after being stranded at Camp1 for 2 nights.
"We just want to get him home now so we know he is safe. We are very sad for the families who have not been so lucky and our thoughts go out to the people of Nepal.”
Four men trapped under as much as 10 foot of rubble after the Nepal earthquake were rescued when NASA technology sensed their heartbeats.
One medical worker told ITV News it was like 'entering your worst nightmare' as they tried to help look after the injured.