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English-born monk who was missing in Nepal contacts his family

Thubten Senge, formerly known as Martin Gattuso Image copyright Michael Gattuso
Image caption This photograph of Martin Gattuso that was sent to his sister

An English-born Buddhist monk who was missing in Nepal has contacted his family to tell them he is safe.

Martin Gattuso, 38, was studying meditation at a retreat in the Lapchi mountains on the border between Nepal and Tibet when the earthquake struck.

After an appeal, his sister Lucia, from Coventry, was emailed a photograph of her brother by a group in Lapchi.

His father, Michael, from Sporle, Norfolk, has since spoken to his son, who has now returned to Kathmandu.

"He's been on a retreat up in the mountains and he had no idea how worried we were - it's dawning on him now how lucky he was," his father said.

Mr Gattuso was ordained in 2013, taking the name Thubten Senge.

A graduate in Japanese studies, he had previously worked in Bhutan, India and Japan.

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