Concerns for British Nepal trekkers

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Published: Saturday 18th October 2014 by The News Editor

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Families of Britons trekking in Nepal have expressed concern at not being able to contact them following horrific blizzards and avalanches which led to at least 29 deaths earlier this week.

The Foreign Office confirmed they had been contacted by concerned families who have not heard from their relatives in days.

A spokeswoman said they had been in close touch with the Nepalese authorities but have not been informed of any British casualties.

The Times newspaper reported that six British people are unaccounted for, including advertising executive Lizi Hamer, said to be from Loughborough, and engineer Peter Roddis.

Lisa Dillon, a friend of Ms Hamer’s told the paper: “I just want to hear from them.”

Lisa Hallet, the girlfriend of Mr Roddis, reportedly an engineer from Brighton, said she had last spoken to him on Wednesday.

“He said he was planning to head out that day or on Thursday, but I have not heard from him since,” she told the paper.

Yesterday a British survivor told how he escaped the Himalayan mountaineering disaster, which has led to at least 29 deaths.

Paul Sheridan said walkers were left stumbling through “an abyss of nothing” as dense snow left them unable to orient themselves on the slopes of the Annapurna range in northern Nepal.

Mr Sheridan said that trekkers should have been prevented from going up the mountain, but were “herded to their deaths” by guides who he alleged were not carrying the correct emergency equipment.

Rescuers have pulled out more than 230 trekkers – most of them foreigners – since rescue efforts began on Wednesday, and are still searching the Annapurna range looking for more survivors, who are believed to be stranded in lodges and huts. Hiking remains difficult because of waist-deep snow.

The Nepalese government has announced a high level committee with two senior ministers to monitor and co-ordinate rescue efforts in what is shaping up to be the country’s worst mountaineering tragedy.

Published: Saturday 18th October 2014 by The News Editor

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