Firefighter stranded in Nepal is due to fly home this weekend

Kempston community fire station crew commander Clive Wilkinson and his wife Heather were caught up in the Nepal earthquake during a month-long trip to the country.
Kempston community fire station crew commander Clive Wilkinson and his wife Heather were caught up in the Nepal earthquake during a month-long trip to the country.

A firefighter left stranded in Nepal with his wife following the earthquake is due to arrive back in the UK on Sunday morning.

Kempston community fire station crew commander Clive Wilkinson and wife Heather were caught up in the disaster during a month-long trip to the country.

They were trekking through the remote Langtang Valley when the devastating 7.8-magnitude quake hit.

The couple’s relieved family heard from Clive shortly after the earthquake and then several days afterwards through an unreliable satellite phone when they learnt the pair were with two other British trekkers along with people from France and Australia.

It is believed they were sleeping out in the open and had dwindling food and water supplies.

Clive and Heather, who live in Shefford, are due to arrive at Heathrow airport just after 7.30am where he will be welcomed home by his sister Karen Wilkinson-Bell and other family members.