Livermore native survives deadly avalanche

September 26, 2012 3:34:02 PM PDT
Avalanche survivor and Livermore native Glen Plake says he's lucky to be alive. The 48-year-old survived a deadly avalanche that killed at least eight people on the world's tallest mountain.

It happened Sunday morning at more than 22,000 feet on Mount Manaslu in Nepal. Plake is a three time world champion freestyle skier based in Tahoe. He says he was reading his bible when the avalanche struck, "I was reading Samuel, first Samuel, just for the sake of reading and the tent began to shake, we thought it was the wind and in fact it was the avalanche."

About two dozen climbers were sleeping when their camp was swept away by the avalanche. Three of them are still missing and presumed dead.