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Wife sent 'final goodbye' text to Everest climber after quake

Tony McMurray in Nepal Image copyright Tony McMurray
Image caption Tony McMurray had been trekking in Nepal to raise money for the Alzheimer's Society

A charity climber has revealed how his wife sent him text messages to say goodbye after fearing he had been killed in the Nepal earthquake.

Sharon McMurray, from Towcester, sent the messages during eight hours when she thought husband Tony, 46, had died.

Mr McMurray, who was at Everest base camp hours before it was devastated by a landslide, said the experience would "live with me for the rest of my life".

More than 6,000 people are now known to have died in the disaster.

Mr McMurray, who was trekking in the Himalayas to raise money for the Alzheimer's Society, said he was a few hours into his return journey when "one almighty shake hit the mountain".

Image copyright Tony McMurray
Image caption Mr McMurray said the earthquake was "like a multi-nuclear bomb going off"
Image copyright Tony McMurray
Image caption Tony McMurray's wife Sharon had sent him text message to say goodbye after he was caught up in the earthquake

"There was a loud bomb like a multi-nuclear bomb going off," he said.

"The very place our tents had been two hours earlier was no longer there."

He said he and fellow travellers had slept with their sleeping bags undone and trainers on "ready to run" for the next four days as aftershocks hit the area.

One of them brought down the side of a monastery.

Image copyright Tony McMurray
Image caption The earthquake measured 7.8 on the Richter scale
Image copyright Tony McMurray
Image caption More than 6,000 people have died following the earthquake

"There were screams, there was crying, there was grief," said Mr McMurray.

He said he hugged locals whose family members had died.

When he finally got to safety he was able to open up text messages and "emails from every corner of the globe," including from wife Sharon.

"Some of the messages Sharon sent, I will probably have a good cry over," he said.

"Basically it was her saying goodbye to me."

Mr Murray said the first thing he would do when he got home was give Sharon a hug and "have a mug of English tea".

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