Survivor recalls moment avalanche struck Mt. Everest

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A documentary film maker from New York recounts the moment an avalanche, that was triggered by the 7.9 magnitude earthquake in Nepal, enveloped him and his crew at the Mt. Everest base camp 38-year

Survivor recalls moment avalanche struck Mt. Everest

A documentary film maker from New York recounts the moment an avalanche, that was triggered by the 7.9 magnitude earthquake in Nepal, enveloped him and his crew at the Mt. Everest base camp

38-year old Michael Churton was thrown against a rock and appeared to suffer heavy bruising.

The fate of at least one of his other colleagues is not known.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKER MICHAEL CHURTON, WHO SURVIVED EARTHQUAKE AND AVALANCHE ON MT. EVEREST, SAYING:

“It’s a big ice shelf and it must have just released. We saw it hit, it kind of hits one level and then it just shot right back up. And then I saw — so I told the group to get down. It was like 4,000 feet of snow just kind of coming and there’s nowhere to run. So I told everybody to get down and then, put my hands over my head and like just buried myself as much as I could. And basically snow hit, it’s about 45 seconds or a minute for it to go by.”

(SOUNDBITE) (English) DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKER MICHAEL CHURTON, WHO SURVIVED EARTHQUAKE AND AVALANCHE ON MT. EVEREST, SAYING:

“Everything was gone. All our tents were gone, and then like people were pushed. Like the guy who stood in front of me was now 30 feet over there. And we’re missing one person that we don’t know if she’s alive or dead.”

Churton added that several climbers in his group had gone ahead to Camp One and were not injured.

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