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Family reacts to Allamakee Co. man found safe near Nepal

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ALLAMAKEE COUNTY (KWWL) -

The Allamakee County man attempting to climb Mount Everest during the Nepal earthquake says he is safe.

30-year-old Cole Donahue, originally from New Albin, posted on his Facebook page that he was 45 minutes away from the Everest base camp when the earthquake struck.

Family and friends had been trying to get in touch with him since then.

When the earthquake caused a gigantic avalanche, Donahue says he was actually buried with six other people. He was, however, able to get out within seconds and walk away uninjured.

His Facebook page states he has been traveling the last two days hiking to the nearest town to reach out to people.

Donahue's brother says he was alerted to the post at about 4 a.m. Monday.

"Well, I know he's going to have an incredible story, and I just think he's extremely fortunate to have gone there and experienced that and survived to tell the tale," said Patrick Donahue, his brother. 

That Facebook post is the only type of contact the family has had.

Patrick Donahue says he's texted his brother, but when we last spoke hadn't heard back.  

"We're extremely happy that he's alive and uninjured. And I think we'll be even happier once he gets back to the States," said Donahue.

Donahue should fly home from Nepal on May 2.

His family tells KWWL he will probably head to Oklahoma, where he currently lives.

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