A man on a Sheffield tour company’s trip to Mount Everest has died in Nepal’s worst earthquake in more than 80 years.
Google employee Dan Fredinburg died in an avalanche at Everest’s Base Camp during his trip, which was organised by Jagged Globe, based on Mowbray Street.
A spokesman from the company said: “It is with the greatest sorrow that we report the death of one of our Everest team members, Daniel Fredinburg.
“Two other team members have non-life threatening injuries, as a result of the avalanche that struck base camp during the earthquake and its aftershocks. They are being looked after in base camp.
“All Sherpas and other team members are uninjured and are safe in base camp or in Gorak Shep, a nearby cluster of tea houses and lodges.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to Dan’s family and friends whilst we pray too for all those who have lost their lives in one of the greatest tragedies ever to hit this Himalayan nation.”
Dan’s sister, Megan, posted on social media: “I regret to inform all who loved him that during the avalanche on Everest early this morning our Dan suffered from a major head injury and didn’t make it.
“We appreciate all of the love that has been sent our way thus far and know his soul and his spirit will live on in so many of us. All our love and thanks to those who shared this life with our favourite hilarious strong willed man. He was and is everything to us.”
Dan, an American, was among 17 people who were killed by the avalanche on Mount Everest - the mountain’s worst ever disaster. The company’s leaders on Dan’s tour, David Hamilton and Chris Groves, are among those who are safe.
The firm also has two teams in Kathmandu - the Mera and Island Peak Expedition which left on April 3 and the Annapurna Circuit group which started on April 9. Both teams are safe and the Mera and Island Peak team said they did not experience any significant tremors where they were.
Jagged Globe’s Dhaulagiri Circuit (Eldor) group members have been in touch with their families and they are all OK.
The company is still awaiting reports from its other teams in Nepal.
Nearly 2,000 people are thought to have died in this 7.8 magnitude quake, which struck an area of central Nepal between Kathmandu and the city of Pokhara yesterday morning.