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Nepalese Everest guide recalls horror of being 'trapped' by avalanche

Published on Apr 18, 2014 11:46 PM

KATHMANDU (AFP) - A young Nepalese guide who survived the deadliest mountaineering accident ever on Mount Everest recalled on Friday being "trapped" after the avalanche came crashing down the icy slopes, killing at least 12 of his companions.

The force of the avalanche fractured 22-year-old Dawa Tashi Sherpa's ribs and broke his shoulder blades, leaving him buried in neck-deep snow - but he was fortunate to survive.

"I don't know how I survived," said 22-year-old Mr Sherpa, who was airlifted to Kathmandu's Grande International Hospital after being rescued.

"I am the luckiest man alive," he told AFP from his hospital bed, while his wife - five months pregnant with their first child - waited to see him.

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