A B.C. man is among the survivors of a "huge avalanche" that killed at least nine people Sunday in Nepal.
Revelstoke resident Greg Hill was part of a team trying to set a new speed record for climbing Mount Manaslu in northern Nepal. They were at camp at 7,000 metres when a wall of snow and ice crashed down on them. Several people, including a Canadian, are still missing.
Hill posted on his Facebook page Sunday that he was alive.
"A huge avalanche swept through camp three at 4:45a.m. on Manaslu, catching lots of people in their sleeping bags, many dead, and injured," the Revelstoke Times Review quoted Hill saying. "Luckily our team is fine, and helped with the rescue. (Legendary freeskier) Glenn Plake is also fine, but my heart goes out to all the others."
Hill quickly joined in the rescue and his team saved Plake from the brink of death, according to a post on Epic TV.
"Glen was rescued from a crevasse by Canadian skier Greg Hill’s team," said the post.
A spokeswoman for the Department of Foreign Affairs in
Ottawa could not immediately confirm that a Canadian was among those missing.
But Chrystiane Roy says Foreign Affairs officials have been in contact with authorities in Nepal.
“We are following the developments closely and stand ready to provide consular assistance should there be a need,”
Roy said Sunday. “Our thoughts are with the victims (and their families) of this avalanche.”
However, CTV News identified Dominique Ouimet, a cardiologist based out of Quebec’s Saint-Jérôme regional hospital, as the missing Canadian.
Hospital spokeswoman Chantale Fortin told CTV this was his ninth major climb and he was climbing the mountain to raise money for cardiology equipment for the hospital.
Police official Basanta Bahadur Kuwar said the bodies of a Nepalese guide and a German man were recovered and that rescue pilots had spotted seven other bodies on the slopes of Mount Manaslu in northern Nepal, the eighth-highest mountain in the world.
In Madrid, Spain’s Foreign Ministry said one of those killed was Spanish, but did not relea
se the person’s identity.
The identities of the other victims were still being confirmed.
Ten other climbers survived the avalanche but many were injured and were flown to hospitals by rescue helicopters, Kuwar said.
Rescue pilot Pasang, who uses only one name, said three injured French citizens and two Germans had been
transported to hospitals in Kathmandu.
— With files from The Associated Press