Syderstone man supporting search effort in Nepal

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A West Norfolk man has flown out to Nepal to help save lives following the devastating earthquake.

Lorry driver Alan Rockley is helping to find survivors trapped in the rubble following Saturday’s tremor.

The earthquake, which 7.8-magnitude, has resulted in 5,000 deaths and affected 8 million people.

Mr Rockley, 54, of Bleinham Park, near Syderstone, is volunteering with the Search and Rescue Assistance in Disasters charity.

The team flew to Nepal on Sunday and is working as part of a United Nations co-ordinated operation in the Kathmandu area.

On Wednesday, the team conducted searches in buildings around Sanku with colleagues from Turkey.

Mr Rockley’s proud daughter Grace said: “We are so proud of him but anxious at the same time.

“Dad is proud to be out there helping.

“He has not been with the charity for very long and this is his first deployment.

“We feel that he is a local hero for going out there.”

The family have not spoken to Mr Rockley since he arrived in Nepal but the father-of-two was able to send a text message to wife Jackie on Tuesday to mark their 31st wedding anniversary.

Miss Rockley, who also lives in Bleinhem Park, said: “This was the first time they’ve been apart on their wedding anniversary. Mum is so proud of him.”

Mr Rockley, who received the call to go on Saturday, has been attending monthly training sessions with the charity.