Saturday 21 January 2017

Dublin climber was just yards away from Google executive killed on Everest

Published 28/04/2015 | 02:30

'We waited for it to run out of steam but instead it just engulfed us. I was thrown aside like a rag doll by the sheer force behind it.’ – Survivor Paul Greenan in hospital in Kathmandu.
Photo: Will Wintercross for ‘The Telegraph’
'We waited for it to run out of steam but instead it just engulfed us. I was thrown aside like a rag doll by the sheer force behind it.’ – Survivor Paul Greenan in hospital in Kathmandu. Photo: Will Wintercross for ‘The Telegraph’

A Dublin man had a miraculous escape after his climbing party were blasted with the full impact of the 7.8 killer quake on Mount Everest.

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Paul Greenan (38) has told how he was just yards away from team member Dan Fredinburg, a Google executive, who was killed in the ensuing avalanche of snow, ice and debris.

Mr Greenan was recovering in a hospital in Kathmandu after sustaining six broken ribs, a broken hand, a broken pelvis and a dislocated pelvis.

The climber had been among a group of 10 at base camp on the world's highest mountain when he said the force of the earthquake threw him around "like a rag doll".

"This mountain of snow just tipped over," Mr Greenan said.

"It had built up over the last two weeks. It came towards us - we waited for it to run out of steam but instead it just engulfed us."

He added: "I was thrown aside like a rag doll by the sheer force behind it."

He said he saw Mr Fredinburg just yards away as the devastating avalanche struck.

Meanwhile, the mother of a young Co Galway girl caught up in the disaster has told of her relief when her daughter was finally able to make contact yesterday.

Darine Flanagan (22), from Gort, had travelled to Nepal only last Thursday with some friends to attend a festival.

Her worried family were unable to make contact with her for several days after Saturday's earthquake.

However, Darine was finally able to make a call out of the stricken country early yesterday, reaching her mother, Ger, on a friend's phone.

"Relieved isn't the word today," Darine said.

Irish Independent

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