85 Trapped by Avalanche Rescued

<i> Associated Press</i>

Search teams on Sunday rescued 85 people trapped for two days by an avalanche near Mt. Everest and dug out the bodies of 18 Japanese and Nepalese trekkers.

The Japanese and Nepalese trekkers died when the avalanche struck their camp, said an official of Trans Himalayan Treks, which organized the trip. Rescuers were searching for three more Japanese, two Nepalese guides and two Nepalese tour operators, the official said. One Nepalese guide was found alive, he said.

The 85 people rescued were flown by helicopter to a hospital in a nearby town, a government official said.