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English-born monk who was missing in Nepal contacts his family

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image captionThis photograph of Martin Gattuso that was sent to his sister

An English-born Buddhist monk who was missing in Nepal has contacted his family to tell them he is safe.

Martin Gattuso, 38, was studying meditation at a retreat in the Lapchi mountains on the border between Nepal and Tibet when the earthquake struck.

After an appeal, his sister Lucia, from Coventry, was emailed a photograph of her brother by a group in Lapchi.

His father, Michael, from Sporle, Norfolk, has since spoken to his son, who has now returned to Kathmandu.

"He's been on a retreat up in the mountains and he had no idea how worried we were - it's dawning on him now how lucky he was," his father said.

Mr Gattuso was ordained in 2013, taking the name Thubten Senge.

A graduate in Japanese studies, he had previously worked in Bhutan, India and Japan.

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